Here’s a question that’s older than the country. Should first cousins (or for that matter, siblings) be allowed to marry and have children? And does the state have both a duty and the authority to prevent this from happening and imprison those who violate the law? That might be tested out in Utah this year. Michael Lee and Angela Peang are married and expecting their first child together this spring. They are also first cousins. And since both marrying your cousin and having sex with them are still crimes in Utah, they could potentially face lengthy prison terms if the state decides to prosecute them. (NY Post)
Michael Lee and Angela Peang can hardly wait for the birth of their first child — even if it results in them spending time behind bars.
The husband and wife from Eagle Mountain, Utah, are first cousins: Peang’s father is the older brother of Lee’s mother.
Since the baby’s existence proves they had sex, they could face up to $10,000 in fines and five years in prison, because intercourse between cousins is illegal in their home state, due to the long-held fear of birth defects.
There are several reasons I would emphasize the idea that Lee and Peang might be in legal trouble, with the first being that is that this is all part of a show. And I mean literally a reality show being made for television about “extreme love.” This isn’t to say that the two aren’t married in real life and expecting a child. It seems certain that they are. But it’s also being worked into a drama, so I tend to tread carefully around such stories.