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Graphic: States That Allow Same-Sex Marriage Vs. States That Allow Marriage Between First Cousins

by David Badash on December 26, 2009

in Civil Rights,News

Via The New York Times (no link) and several others.

Editorial note: As pointed out in the comments, the New York Times’ graphic contains an error: same-sex marriage has NOT been approved (yet) in New Jersey.

Update: Same-sex marriage is now legal in Washington, D.C., and New York state. Still not New Jersey…

UPDATE II: This is outdated. Please see our updated version, “Maps: States That Allow Gay Marriage vs. States That Allow First Cousin Marriage,” which includes even more info, including the minimum age requirements for marrying. And you thought this was interesting…

If you like this, please take a moment to look around. Maybe read, “I Do Not Deserve Your Tolerance,” read, “Hate Crime: Christian Pastor Attacks Gay Couple To Keep Them From Church,” “Anonymous Successfully Hacks God Hates Fags Websites” or “70 Year-Old Stoned To Death Because The Bible Says To Stone Gays.”
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metalheadtakesthesquare February 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm

This is both sad and terrifying. How many children are being birthed with the scrapings of the gene pool's shallow end? Can't Americans just pick this wedgie? Get over it and progress. Equal rights are for every citizen. Point blank.

healingartsglobal February 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I have to disagree that marrying your first cousin does not cause genetic issues. Where do you think the phrase "blue blood" came from? The skin turned a shade of pale blue because of first cousins marrying in the aristocracy's attempt to keep the blood pure. There are also instances of that in West Virginia.

anne drogenous February 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What? Kentukyians can't marry their first cousins? Ain't right, nep just ain't right.

Erik February 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm

this isn't the most convincing graphic in favor of same-sex marriage. map of countries that allow cousin marriage:

Shawnna L. February 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Wow…. see, its all about perspective.

Shawnna L. February 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

**Shrugs** Two wrongs don't make a right. Ban them both then.

David Riviera February 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm

My God beat up your God.

Barb February 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

"Marriage is a human thing." I think Megan said it best… and I'm sure many agree. Just because the US began as a Christian based country doesnt mean its always going to remain that way. We're the land of opportunity and yet we don't allow the opportunity to make your own choices in one of the most life fulfilling matters.

Alex March 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Ok to all you bible thumpers, as I respect that you have a right to say what you are saying can you just reflect for one second? As a former catholic school student I learned the bible was written by humans telling us what god wanted. Not that I am judging but don't you think that our societies have evolved a bit since then? I mean take into consideration science and technology alone? Many people fear what is unknown to them and so to combat this fear they orchestrate social policy. Before a time of the world wide web, or radio and television, or even mass transportation there was only writing to get your ideas across. I am sure that with the onset of holy wars and the extended periods of time that men were taken away from women and not able to "lay" with them as a result caused some men to just be a little curious. I mean look at history, the Greeks for example were known to be gone at war for over 10 years at a time so they sought affection in other men. All male prisons also deal with the same issues. People are sexual beings and when we try to control what goes on because we do not understand it we breed hate. Unfortunately, it seems that the teachings of the bible you are referring to seem to be undermining your basic life philosophy as a Catholic: love. Jesus spoke of love, loving thy neighbor, loving thy child, love, love, love. Do you think he would have been very popular with such hate speech as I am reading here? I encourage you to reflect on your anger. Why let it get the best of you (I am talking to everyone). Why are you so outraged by this? When it comes down to it non-violent protest gets what you need. Many of us need to remember more recent present day "saints" like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, or anyone who has ever gotten over something scary to them with success. Happiness is not telling someone what to do but living together in a community where we can coexist. You may not support it but you have to accept it, there really isn't much more you can do. And for all those who are concerned about judgment day, worry about yourself and leave it at that, all in all that is really all you have control over. So unless you are willing to put people to death for a contrary opinion (which would make you a murderer) relax and control yourself and your actions. As for the first cousins marrying each other, I'll say the same thing I say to straight people: If you don't like it, don't get one.

Alex March 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I did mean to write Christian instead of Catholic in line 14 thanks :)

Turk182 April 5, 2011 at 11:42 am

So AmEricans won't let people of same sex get married who can't reproduce but they let first cousins marry who can reproduce. The logic left the building.

Isa April 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Denise, you crazy

Clitus April 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Cousin love it hot.

Lai April 6, 2011 at 7:10 am

the map is not correct. you are no legally able to marry your first cousin in Virginia.

The Gnomon April 14, 2011 at 1:37 am

In the twilight of American Culture, the religious get crazier at an exponential rate. Thanks a lot, guys.

cll April 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

ya know – 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' makes SO MUCH sense. I don't care what you do – just don't try to rub it in MY face.

fucku January 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm

fuck u

all4equality January 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

That is your own personal opinion and should be kept to yourself.

Greg April 28, 2010 at 11:49 am

Good English….

Coco April 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Nice grammar, chump.

Coxhere June 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

Your comment is a reflection on YOU, not on same-sex, loving human beings. By the way, saying such stuff does not come from "genes." Stupidity is taught by one stupid person to another stupid person.

Ash January 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

And I have the right to ignore your opinion because I don't have to waste any of my time or breath on it…cheers!

Mykelb January 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

FUCK YOUR BUYBULL! That is not the law of the U.S. The U.S. Constitution serves as the law in the United States, not your fucking buybull, nor the Koran, nor the Torah. SHOVE YOUR BUYBULL.

Unsurprised January 6, 2010 at 1:16 am

LET'S YELL ALL THE TIME IN CAPS FOR NO FUCKING REASON BECAUSE I'M A STUCK-UP BIGOT WHO SPOUTS PROPAGANDA! Clear enough for you? I like how you cite your right to free speech while you try to stomp the rights of another group of people-way to look like a hypocrite.

Qrystal January 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Let's see… you're saying we should believe some book written by a bunch of fear-mongers so long ago that rational thought hadn't been discovered yet, a book that tells us there's a dude in the sky who is judging us on something as petty as who our choice of partners is, and THAT'S why the first two people to procreate weren't the same gender? So the fact that neither Adam nor Steve had a womb doesn't enter into this at all? Perhaps it's bible-thumpers like yourself who are in need of a head examination.

Rabbit February 25, 2010 at 7:31 am

That's funny, because Jacob was cousin to both Rachel and Leah. Issac and Rebekkah were also cousins once removed, and it is theorized that Mary and Joseph were likely first cousins. These are just a few examples of cousins marrying in the bible. Man I love it when people claim to have read the good book and use it to judge others.

HypocisyHunter May 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Well, your beloved religious text is rife with sibling and cousin marriages. Check out the father of all of the major monotheistic religions, Abraham or look into Lott. Hell, Lott sexed it with his two daughters and had kids. The point is not should we allow religious marriages, but should two people not be allowed to enter into the government sanctioned contract to protect wealth and maintain medical security. If you are not gay, it wont affect you and if you think it will be judged, then let them be judged.

KLS June 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm

If everyone has to answer to God in the end, what right do we have to judge now? Let people live their lives as they believe them to be right and leave the judgment up to Him. The Bible also states that only those among us who are sinless have the right to cast stones . . .

Cass February 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Interesting how one of the most idiotic posts on this page is also in all caps. I'm so proud to be educated and to not be dense enough to live my life and judge the lives of others based on what a thousand(+) year old book says. I'm sure God wouldn't be impressed with the bigotry and hate he's seeing, if he actually exists.

Nicholas February 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

As one fellow Christian to another. Judgment Day is when our Lord and Savior returns. NOT on the day that you read something and decide to criticize and judge peoples' opinions. It is fine that you have that opinion on gay marriage and first cousin marriage, however, telling people to get their heads' checked is judgment from the bottom of your heart. I am a pastor in the state of Washington and hope you speak to your Father about your harsh thoughts and words. Please live with a more open heart and mind so that God may truly flow through your soul, with love.

CUL8RLG8R February 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

uh…yeah. Anybody who believes in garbage philosophy created thousands of years ago, based on a theory that the world is flat, that the Sun revolves around the Earth, for the sole benefit of control (OK also to try to answer unanswerable questions – at that time), most of which has been PROVEN to be bogus, should have their head examined.

solo February 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Thumbs up if your ears are now bleeding.

Bob April 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

Everyone has to answer to god? I like that. Everyone. So you would have to answer to god for judging and hating thy neighbor? Just wondering. You talk about there wa no adam and steve. Ok I will giveyou that, but who are you to say that you would not marry your cousin? I thought Adam and Eve had 2 sons. Where did everyone else come from? Did they procreate with their mother or is the bible just a religious text to help people not be afraid of dieing? I'm just saying. I only know of two stories dealing with this and both are incestuous. So don't thump your bible my way until you can learn to follow it yourself

skiey April 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

last time i also checked i have the right to tell you that my beliefs are obviously not the same as yours sit down and actually read the bible before you talk shit pretty sure you probably also believe that christ was born on xmas which in fact he was not but instead sometime in september and as far as me answering to god when i die no one knows what lies beyond death and id rather live my life knowing that i fought for everything i believed in and didnt hate others for their choices you may not agree with it (in this case im all for gay marriage) but i have no right to judge someone else on their choices just as you also have no right to judge others based on that same ideal think about that how do you think your god will approve of your narrowminded hate exactly he most likely wont approve think before you speak…

Obi April 9, 2011 at 2:00 am

By your belief, if all humans came from Adam and Eve, then we are all related, so it just doesn't seem logical that it couldn't have happened. As far as same sex marriage, who are we as humans to place God's judgement as human law? That is very blasphemous; if same sex marriage is truly a sin, let them answer to God.

marilyn April 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

If god created adam and eve, they had children, who did their children marry? Seems it would've been their brothers and sisters, Do you think that's ok? the bible has many contradictions. If you knew it as well as you proport you wouldn't be spouting off Your views.

Corey Linkel April 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Dear simple all-caps Denise,

Adam and Eve never got married, and since they had a bunch of kids out of wedlock, (besides disobeying one of god's actual rules… Something about fruit) they're technically the first residents of hell. Not exactly the kind of poster children you want to use to sell a morality argument, if you ask me. And they also weren't the first people on the planet. In fact the entire book of genesis is such a garbled mishmash of ancient word-of-mouth folklore, no wonder you never even made it to the third book of your trusty bible.

Don't say you're sorry when you clearly are not. I think lying like that is discussed in your bible. You might want to read it all the way through this time. Also take note of how often Jesus spoke in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. I recommend in the future you try to be more like Jesus.

Joshundertaker April 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm

And on the eighth day, man created God

Mike May 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Exactly WHOSE "bible" should we be using as the law of this land? Christian (which denomination)? Jew? Muslim? Shinto? Wiccan? Hindu? The answer of course is: None of the above.

Your beliefs are your beliefs. However, in the United States of America, it is the U.S. Constitution that is the definitive law of the land. No where in the Constitution are you guaranteed the right to NOT be offended.

The Constitution goes guarantee many rights to citizens, among those rights guaranteed:

The Fourteenth Amendment, among other things, says:
"…No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Using such rationale, the U.S. Supreme Court has, for example, struck down laws which prohibited marriages between white people and black people (or for that matter, between white people and a person of any other race). this occurred in the case of Loving v. Virginia.

Further, the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution says:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

It is on this basis, at least partially, that a federal law, such as the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), could be ruled unconstitutional. The rationale being that the Constitution does not delegate to the United States any power to regulate marriage, and reserves this right to the States.

Further, Article IV, Section 1 of The Constitution says that:

"Section 1 – Each State to Honor all others
Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof."

This is generally referred to as the "Full Faith and Credit Clause" of The Constitution and refers to things such as drivers licenses, marriages licenses, and so forth, being recognized from one state to another, and which also presents a problem for DOMA. In other words, if you are licensed to drive in one state, you can drive in any other state, even if that state may have other requirements for driving. Similarly, if you get married in one state, and move to another, you marriage is to be valid in that state, even if the marriage would not have been allowed there, for instance due to age, relation (i.e. first cousins), race, gender (i.e. same-sex marriages), and so forth.

In fact, part of the case in Loving v. Virginia surrounded part of the Virginia law which prohibited a mixed couple (white and black) from leaving the Commonwealth of Virginia, and going to another jurisdiction (in this case, the Washington D.C. where it was legal for them to marry), and returning to Virginia as a married couple. While the courts in Virginia upheld Virginia's laws and sentenced them each to one year in prison, suspended if they agreed to leave the Commonwealth for 25 years, the United States Supreme Court overturned the case on Constitutional grounds, in a sweeping vote of 9-0.

Wrong May 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm

You're funny, because according the bible, marriage between first cousins is perfectly fine.

all4equality January 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Next time you try to make a comment regarding the Bible there will be one thing that you might want to keep in mind. There are people who have read the Bible completely who do not feel the way that you do. There are people who believe straight as well as gay that believe in God. The last thing that you need to remember is while you are sitting there JUDGING other people think about this: in the Bible it says to love all people (oops you failed there): in the Bible it says not to judge other people (oops you failed there): in the Bible it says all of your sins will be forgiven for everyone(oops you failed there again). so looks like they wouldnt be the only ones up there being judged if what you say is true huh? you would be right there with everyone else. Your not God and you have no right to judge anyone else! Looks like you don't really know what is in the Bible after all. Maybe you should take some time and read it again for real this time. Looking at it now you are a pretty crappy Christian.

therealdeal January 23, 2010 at 5:22 am

seriously that is a very high opinion and most people in the world sooo disagree with u

pro rights April 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Agreed. Tolerance, love and compassion are the real roots of the Bible…you're spouting about gay marriage being wrong is none of those things. Shame on you…and this comes from a Christian woman.

Whatsit100 March 14, 2011 at 3:12 am

I know I mean really why should anyone care if gays will go to hell which they won't since I'm gay and it's how god made me and if you guys dont like it well tough this is kinda america

Whatsit100 March 14, 2011 at 3:15 am

O my god can we please stop telling people to get there heads checked just because they have a different view on something I mean come on ppl what if Jesus came back right now and saw you talking like that to ppl

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