A pair of first cousins drove from Utah to Colorado to get legally married, and the two are now petitioning for the right to get married in their home state, saying their love should not be limited because their parents are siblings.
According to KTVX, Angie Lee’s father and Michael Lee’s mother are siblings.
The couple says they’ve loved each other since they were kids and were reunited after 10 years apart recently.
“We said OK this is crazy but we’re adults now, we’re single now, we’re just going to go for it and who cares what our family thinks,” Angie told KTVX.
One big hurdle the two had to overcome was the law, which forbids marriage between first cousins in Utah under most circumstances.
It is only legal for couples over 65 years old, or 55 if they prove they are infertile, KDVR reported.
There is no such law in Colorado, so that’s where they tied the knot earlier this week.
Another hurdle is genetics.
If the couple were to have children, the chance they will have a genetic disorder is 4 to 7 percent more likely, compared to 3 to 4 percent for non-related couples, according to researchers at Columbia University.
Angie and Michael Lee say Utah’s law is antiquated and has no real basis for the restriction.
“We would like to have enough exposure to where we can go into a congressman or senator, someone with political clout and present a case sound enough to get the law changed,” Michael said.
They have started a petition to gather support for a change in the law.
“No one I’ve ever been with will make me feel as perfect as she does. Her being my cousin and some of the responses is a small price to pay,” Michael said.
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