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Dec. 23, 2022, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Article 10. The following parties may not join in matrimony: precedents and descendants, brother and sister, uncle and niece, aunt and nephew, and first cousins. The court, for sufficient reasons, can allow the marriage of first cousins" (3-4).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Marriage between relatives can be challenged by any interested person or the public prosecutor at any time. And courts can invalidate such marriages at any time. These types of defects to marriage are considered incurable" (5). "Marriage between relatives by consanguinity in the direct line, as well as between brothers and sisters, uncles and nieces and aunts and nephews; and between relatives by affinity is prohibited. The NCCE has narrowed the prohibition on relatives by consanguinity in the collateral line to the above listed relatives. Relatives outside of this list can get married and this seems to be a compromise to accommodate followers of Islam, since Islam permits marriage between...more
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"In Tunisia, the government mandates premarital counselling for all those betrothed to a relative" (para 8).
Aug. 3, 2017, 3:26 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"21.06 As recorded by the website of the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, accessed on 15 February 2008, 'Vietnamese law does not recognize common-law marriages. Authorities do issue certificates verifying cohabitation but these do not constitute legal marriages. Vietnamese law prohibits marriage between blood siblings, half siblings, first cousins or any two persons related closer than three degrees of separation. The legal age for marriage is 20 for men, 18 for women... Divorce records are maintained by the courts where they were issued'” (42)
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"In recent years, considerable attention has been devoted to preventing early, child marriages. On 16 December 2011, the Committee on Labour and Social Issues of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan conducted a round table on the topic 'The Prevention of Early, Child Marriages and Consanguineous Marriages ― Guarantee of a Healthy Lifestyle', which generated recommendations aimed at strengthening awareness-raising regarding the protection of the reproductive health of women among persons getting married and youth, as well as information campaigns addressing prevention of early, child marriages and clarification of provisions of the Family Code and other legislative acts involving liability for violation of the...more
May 6, 2016, 3 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"A marriage cannot be entered into between blood relation in the first line, nor by a brother and a sister, brother and sister on the side of the mother or the father, between an uncle and a niece, an aunt and a nephew, nor between the children of sisters and brothers and sisters and brothers on the side of the father or the mother" (5)
May 6, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Blood relatives in the same line may not stipulate a marriage (grandfather, grandmother, mother, father and grandchildren), as well as biological brothers and sisters, brother and sister by father, i.e. by mother, uncle and his brother’s nephew, uncle and his sister’s child, aunt and her brother’s child, aunt and her sister’s child, nor first cousins" (3)
April 28, 2016, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Incest restrictions extend to first cousins" (para 43)
April 12, 2016, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7, MARR-LAW-7

“nick says: ‘The Balkans had the 7th cousin law, that forbid them to marry anyone closer than the 7th cousin.’ i did a little googling on that and found what i think will probably prove to be a general pattern for balkan populations: a ban on marrying in the patriline, but marrying on the mother’s side is ok and even preferred. so the seventh-cousin law that nick is referring to relates only to paternal cousins” (para 1-2)
March 17, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8, MARR-LAW-7

"As far as majority of Filipinos are concerned, cousin marriages are proscribed by law. Article 38 of the Family Code of the Philippines provides that marriages between collateral blood relations, whether legitimate or illegitimate, up to the fourth civil degree are void from the beginning for reasons of public policy. However, there are minority communities which still practice the aforementioned marriage as part of their tradition (i.e., Tribes of B’laan, Batak and Kalinga). For example, in the B’laan tribe of Southern Mindanao, most marriages are limited to close relatives. Cousins are allowed to marry each other to protect and secure themselves from intrusions. Meanwhile, the Batak tribal people know that...more
Nov. 27, 2015, 8:13 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Marriage is forbidden to any couple related over the past seven generations."
Nov. 27, 2015, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"In Hungary, for example, marriage between first cousins is allowed" (para 5).
Nov. 27, 2015, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Article 186 of the constitution forbids relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity" (para 3).
Nov. 27, 2015, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8, MARR-LAW-7

"Even though it is illegal, the Dyula still practice polygamy (multiple spouses) and young people are encouraged to marry within their own clans; even marriages between cousins are approved" (para 5).
Nov. 25, 2015, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8, MARR-LAW-7

"In America, marrying your cousin is legal in 25 states and every year about 200,000 cousins wed" (para 12).
Nov. 25, 2015, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"In the United States, cousin marriages are illegal in 25 states. The US is the only Western country with cousin marriage restrictions" (para 2).
Nov. 25, 2015, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Twenty-five states prohibit marriages between first cousins. Six states allow first cousin marriage under certain circumstances, and North Carolina allows first cousin marriage but prohibits double-cousin marriage. States generally recognize marriages of first cousins married in a state where such marriages are legal" (para 1).
Nov. 25, 2015, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8, MARR-LAW-7

"First-cousin marriages, which are are legal in the UK, are practised within Britain’s Pakistani community, as well as among some Arab and African families" (para 6).
Nov. 25, 2015, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Persons related by blood in a direct blood line (consanguinity) or indirect blood line (kin), such as a brother and a sister from the same father and mother, father’s and mother’s sister and brother, uncle (mother’s brother) and niece, aunt (father’s sister) and nephew, children of mother’s and father’s sisters and brothers from the same mother and father (nephews and nieces), as well as sisters’ and brothers’ children of the same mother and father, shall not enter into wedlock" (5).
Nov. 25, 2015, 5:06 p.m.
Countries: Kenya, Zambia
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"The law [in Kenya] also forbids marriage between cousins. This proscription however, does not apply to marriages contracted under Islam. This ban would be controversial in Zambia, considering that some Zambian tribes do recognize customary marriages among distant cousins" (para 2)
Nov. 25, 2015, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: China, Philippines, Taiwan
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Taiwan and The Philippines ban first cousins, as does China, ever since it’s 1981 Marriage Act" (para 12).
Nov. 25, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"South Korea bans [cousin marriage] out to 3rd cousins" (para 12).
Nov. 25, 2015, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Ethiopia bans marriage between relatives out to 6th cousins" (para 12).
Nov. 25, 2015, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"North Korea banned marriage between blood relatives up to third cousin under the auspices of the 1994 Family Law" (278).
Nov. 25, 2015, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"At the same time in collateral relationships, the relatives unable to marry only to the second degree and only in consanguineous relationships; so the law only forbids marriage between brothers and sisters, irrespective of whether they have the same father, mother, or both. Thus, the law allows the marriage of an aunt or uncle to nephew or niece, or an ex brother in law to an ex sister in law" (93).
Nov. 25, 2015, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"Despite all efforts by government, the tradition of marriage between close relatives remains strong in Uzbekistan" (para 1). "Although medical experts warn against cosanguinous marriage, which is banned by law, many people in Uzbekistan believe it makes for more lasting unions and helps preserve the family lineage" (para 2). "Marriages of this kind, typically between first cousins, are generally advocated by people of the older generation, in rural areas where the clan structure is retained. A typical cosanguinous marriage will involve members of the same clan and tribe" (para 5). "A code of family law introduced in 1998 forbids marriages between “siblings, first and second cousins, and uncles or aunts...more
Nov. 25, 2015, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"A new marriage is possible only after four generations have passed, to avoid consangunuinity...The number of generations that have to pass before marriage is possible varies according to informants, generally from three to six" (89).
Oct. 3, 2015, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"In Ethiopia, however, cousin marriage is not only strongly stigmatized, it is also more stigmatized than in the West; relatives as far removes as sixth cousins are considered too closely related to marry, and first, second, and third cousins are considered siblings. This ancient taboo is so powerful that even Ethiopia's Muslim population-about a third of the country-rarely engages in cousin marriage, even to distant cousins, and has one of the lowest rates of such marriages in the muslim world" (44).
Oct. 3, 2015, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"first cousin marriage is illegal in 31 of the 50 states of the US (Ottenheimer 1996, Paul and Spencer 2008, Bittles and Black 2010b)" (279).
Oct. 2, 2015, 6:55 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: MARR-LAW-7

"In Europe there has been some movement, with Denmark banning marriage between relatives by equating it with forced marriage" (para 12).