DEAR DEIDRE: MY best friend is ready to settle down . . . with his first cousin.
They have been dating since the summer and have discussed marriage and kids.
His mum and her dad are close and they had playdates and sleepovers every week as kids.
As adults, they ended up at the same uni. That’s where I met them. We’re all 31.
Their friendship was endearing at first. They had similar interests and would have each other in fits of laughter.
But surely you aren’t meant to date someone you share a grandparent with? And what if they have kids?
He’s a good mate and I want him to be happy, so I’ll support him whatever. I just hope he knows the risks involved.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It is legal to have a relationship with, and even marry, your first cousin.
In terms of genetic abnormalities, there is a slightly increased risk but not significantly so.
I’m sure you’re not the only one with reservations, however, as his family might think similarly.
Talk to him about your concerns. He may be able to help you understand more about why his cousin is right for him.
But ultimately he isn’t doing anything wrong – and if you value his friendship, you will need to get on board.
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