Nothing has been proven about offspring having a more substantial retardation risk.
If both parties are in love and no coercion involved, and they have protection then there is nothing wrong.
Sex can be for procreation but can also be for recreation. Incest is for recreation.
It strengthens the bond between two consenting individuals
You can save from a lot of STD in this way.
Sex is beautiful and enjoyable activity. If you are not harming anybody else then it is very positive and best LTR.
All people who say that it is against god's will, not everyone shares your religion. There are thousands of different religions world wide that don't even have anything to do with your bible and your god. If you think that incest is just immoral and wrong for no reason, it is probably because you've been thought that all your life and it never occurred to you to question what you were told. Furthermore, those who said incest can cause severe deformities in offspring, you might also appose incest between two brothers or two sisters which can't possibly produce offspring. I think that if two people love each other and they happen to be related it should be their choice to be together as long as they are consenting adults, and make sure not to produce a child with deformities. Yes, incest is disgusting to us, but homosexuality is disgusting to most people as well and is not always considered immoral. Also, I think it's disgusting if two fat people have sex. That doesn't mean it's immoral. It's their decision as long as its between two consenting adults. That is all.
If no one is getting hurt/forced into it, then who cares? Seriously, there are probably more people in non-incestuous relations that are being treated worse than those who are. Not all incest is about rape, there are people who just cant help who they have fallen in love with. Even if love has nothing to do with it, if it is a consensual act, then leave them alone.
The Bible may say that incest is wrong, but what about Adam and Eve? Only two people populated this planet at one point according to it. If incest is wrong, then how are there over 7 billion people now? Adam must have had sex with his daughter/daughters, while Eve had sex with her son/sons. And the son/sons had to have had sex with their sister/sisters. And this is all according to the Bible.
An adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion, should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any and all consenting adults, without prosecution, harassment, or discrimination.
The Constitutional principles of equal protection, freedom of association, freedom of religion, and the right to privacy, along with basic fairness, rational reflection, and compassion, necessitate that the US government ensure the rights of all adults.
There is no rational reason for keeping laws or taboos against consensual incest that is consistently applied to other relationships. Personal disgust or religion is only a reason why one person would not want to personally engage in what I call consanguinamory, not why someone else shouldn't do it.
Some people try to justify their prejudice against consanguineous sex and marriage by being part-time eugenicists and saying that such relationships inevitably lead to “mutant” or “deformed” babies. This argument can be refuted on several fronts. 1. Some consanguineous relationships involve only people of the same gender. 2. Not all mixed-gender relationships birth biological children. 3. Most births to consanguineous parents do not produce children with significant birth defects or other genetic problems; while births to other parents do sometimes have birth defects. 4. We don’t prevent other people from marrying or deny them their reproductive rights based on increased odds of passing along a genetic problem or inherited disease. It is true that in general, children born to consanguineous parents have an increased chance of these problems than those born to nonconsanguineous parents, but the odds are still minimal. Unless someone is willing to deny reproductive rights and medical privacy to others and force everyone to take genetic tests and bar carriers and the congenitally disabled and women over 35 from having children, then equal protection principles prevent this from being a justification to bar this freedom of association and freedom to marry.
Some say "Your sibling should not be your lover." That is not a reason. It begs the question. Many people have many relationships that have more than one aspect. Some women say their sister is their best friend. Why can’t their sister be a wife, too?
Some say “There is a power differential.” This applies least of all to siblings or cousins who are close in age, but even where the power differential exists, it is not a justification for denying this freedom to sex or to marry. There is a power differential in just about any relationship, sometimes an enormous power differential. To question if consent is truly possible in these cases is insulting and demeaning.
Some say “There are so many people outside of your family." There are plenty of people within one’s own race, too, but that is no reason to ban interracial marriage. So, this isn't a good reason either.
Some people who say it is wrong seem to have no problem with complete strangers having sex. So get over it, all of you who want your personal disgust to dictate the lives of others.
Incest between two consenting adults should be permitted because it is a beautiful expression of love between two adults. But underage sex should be forbidden and abuse should also be forbidden. The two must be adults. So my answer is yes. Legalize incest. But only for adults. I believe that it can be a rich, lovely and beautiful relationship.
Incest should be legal if both side (Male & Female) happily agree to do so. There is no matter who are they, Brother & Sister - Mom and Son - Dad & Daughter etc. Love can't see boundaries. We can marry whom we just know for last few months but can't marry to whom we love from childhood or since birth. There is risk of genetic disorders if child birth happens into this type of relationship but medically now we can test at pregnancy time and save the disorders.
Incest is banned because of possibility of mental defects in offspring. If female partner is past child-bearing age there are no grounds for it's banning. This of course would lead to the conclusion that the ban had no validity at all to sex between consenting practitioners of the same sex. Except on the grounds that it was sinful or immoral as we are always told but by whom? Those who control behavior by using the guilt stick or some other religious trick.
Child starts loving their family members since birth and more attached to father,mother and siblings. When it comes to sex, person feels more comfortable with the person whom they love most. So if it is just for pure sexual pleasure mutually agreed for without any force or seduction involved, there is no harm.
Incest between first cousins may be distasteful for some individuals but the practice produces few if any detriments to children created by the union. First cousins who create children due to an incestuous union typically only have slightly higher rates of birth defects than normal couples. But, since we do not prevent individuals from reproducing or attempting to reproduce who are carriers of known genetic mutations then we cannot prevent first cousins from attempting to do the same. There are no legal grounds to prevent incestuous relationships between first cousins as there is no demonstrable side effects to these types of unions.
Typical reasons people think incest should be illegal:
1. Power differential. So should we ban S&M there's typically a power differential there. Should we ban capitalism? Employer/employee, that's a power differential. Consenting adults can consent to power differentials.
2. Increased risk of genetic disease. Still not 100%, unlike couples who share the same recessive genetic illness who do have a 100% chance that any kids they have will have the disease and not only is it legal for them to have sex but they can even marry.
3. Eww... Self-explanatory. It disgusts me too and I would never get involved in a sexual relationship with a close family member BUT that's not a good reason to make it illegal.
While personally disgusting, there is no actual reason for consensual incest to be illegal. Chances of birth defects are real, but not guaranteed. If there is any history of abuse, then children from incestuous families must be removed. If anything, it should be treated similarly to addiction, with therapy. But so long as there is consent on both parties and neither party is charging the other with coercive actions, then it should not be a matter of the law.
I believe that adult incest should not be legalized. It is proven that if close family member have children they are more likely to be born with birth defects such as mental retardation. It is also morally wrong in the view of society to perform such acts with another family member.
I think it should be legalized because the government has no right to interfere with what you do behind closed doors as long as it does not hurt anybody else. A person committing incest does not do it "just because". There is an extremely strong feeling of love that arises here, and it is rare and powerful. The people that say it is sick or wrong are casting judgement because they never felt how powerful this feeling of love is. If you are married and in love, then multiply that feeling by a 1000, and you might start to understand how 2 people with similar genes might have emotional connections that most people only dream about. They should not have children. They should be allowed to adopt though. If this is illegal, then homosexuality should have a prison term as well. The naysayers speak of the bible, and what is right in evolution. 2 men having sex is far worse than a man and woman who are deeply in love but share a close gene pool. I happen to be a committed follower and Christian as well. Now I can see problems in an immediate family, but it should be okay between a half sister or half brother who are separated at birth and reunite as adults. Or even cousins for that matter. Full blood relative in immediate family is probably not a good idea for obvious reasons.
As repellent as the idea of incest is, the state has no business interfering in the sexual practices of consenting adults as long as no one is being harmed. The only harm that can come from this practice is the potential birth of an unhealthy child. So the laws against adult incest should be replaced by laws against having children in that situation.
Consenting adults are consenting adults, their sexual business is not any concern of anyone else. Offspring from these relationships should be avoided, but honestly if someone is willing to take on the potential financial impact of a child with a genetic disorder related to inbreeding, then have at it. Personally I think the entire idea is disgusting, but my personal feelings shouldn't bar someone else from happiness.
Incest should be illegal it's not good for anyone involved. Offspring produced from incest are not born healthy. Incest can also be an indication of sexual abuse within a family. A niece should date her uncle it's wrong. A person who feels attracted to their family is lacking good moral judgment. Most cases of incest are really cases of molestation and deep lying abuse.
Laws against incest in the us did not come about until the 1860's and have become more stringent. It is widely practiced in Muslim nations where 1st cousin marriages are preferred and are normal. Arguments against incest always talk about birth defects etc. But research finds that there are greater risk of birth defects from woman conceiving over the age of 40 than there are from incest.
It is a choice between two adults to be involved in Incest. If you look at the past we know there was Adam and Eve but there was no other human beings, so their children must have been involved in incest. I have nothing else to say in this matter.
Let us take offspring out of the debate for one second and then consider if incest can be justified between related adults. I say Yes
The only reason sexual contact with related family is against the law is because of suspected problems for offspring.
In my mind: If you get the snip and you can not reproduce, why the fuzz?
There is no substantial evidence showing an increased risk of birth defects among children who are products of incest. That said however many people are born into a family that uses coercion, rape, and incest indoctrination for mainly religious reasons to continue the "purity" of whatever bloodline they believe they are continuing. This is where the damage lies within the incest family. Further marrying a close isn't crazy or wrong depending on where you live it may be easier to live and love your with close family, a person you are used to being with and working closely with.
At a basic level, laws exist to protect a society from itself. People are restricted from making decisions that negatively affect other members of the society. Incest, even between consenting adults, has a greatly increased risk of genetic defects for the offspring. However, it could certainly be argued that consenting adults have the right to take that risk. After all, we do not forbid others with a high risk of birth defects from having children.
Incest has been traditionally illegal in most nations. The primary reason for this is the worry over possible offspring the offending parties might produce. There are some valid concerns over the multiplication of genetic abnormalities these children could possess. That being said, however, incest between consenting adults is a victimless crime and there should be changes made to the laws to reflect this. While I am uncertain how to best implement it, the ideal situation would be that any two parties of whatever biological relation could legally engage in sexual relations providing they are both of legal age to consent and at least one party has to be surgically sterilized to prevent possible conception.
Recent evidence has shown that incest isn't as likely to produce unhealthy offspring as once believed. So, one of the primary reasons for it being illegal is greatly reduced. If it is illegal, it needs to be shown that it is harmful to society, to the people involved, or to the offspring. And, I'm not sure if it is or not, at this point.
Adult incest can produce children who have genetic diseases or disorders much more frequently then people who do take part in incestuous activities. It should not be legalized for these reasons.
I don't think incest should be legal, no matter how old you are. And, if there is incest going on as adults, it was probably present when the child was little, and that is sick and wrong, and the older person needs to be punished. Under no circumstances should incest be legal.
Consenual or not and no matter age incest is wrong. Children of incest are most often born with physcial deformitites and/or are mentally retarded. If not for the couple then for the child. When something like that happens it is nature's way of saying it is wrong and if incest becomes mainstream it could destroy the entire human race. Incest and wrong and it should be prevented and if it has happened in any form then it should be corrected with pyschological help.
Adults can choose to have sex with their relatives. But, what if it causes, what amounts to, long term childhood abuse? Say, for example, that someone gets pregnant and has a retarded child. That child will suffer the rest of their lives, because of a grotesque act by two consenting adults.
Incest, regardless of the age of the participants, is an action that should not be legalized. Incest has been proven to create many issues within the children born from it, and is also very emotionally damaging to the participants. Some may argue that sexual preferences should be left alone by the law, but this action is strange and outlandish and should not be legalized by any form of law enforcement.
Incest destroys relationships of love and trust. No father should ever
break the trust and love he has with his child by initiating sex. Our society is built on
relationships among family and friends and allowing incest would complicate and alter our
societies structure. Love is a beautiful thing but incest violates nature and society and destroys trust. Incest is in no way beneficial to our modern society and it is therefore ok to condemn and ban incest.
I oppose incest. Not just for the obvious reason that it is inhumane and gross, but mainly because, unlike the many justifications for murder (the death penalty and overall ignorance), some things cannot be justified. Rape and incest being the two main ones that come to mind.
One of the main reasons why incest was made illegal in the first place was the genetic mutation that was created in children as a result of inbreeding. A higher proportion of babies born with defects is reported between inbreeding couples. This is because in many cases there are recessive genes that are harmless when one is mated with an individual that does not carry that gene. Through generations, the gene sort of "washes out" of the family line. However, multiple members of one family are capable of carrying that one recessive gene. If they mated, the recessive gene will become, well, less recessive. After two or three generations, the gene is no longer recessive and becomes dominant, resulting in congenital birth defects.
Incest is against the nature. Love between siblings, especially close ones like sister or brother, mother and son, father and daughter are unhealthy on so many levels. Most people who encounter this kind of sexual experience are saying that it's loving, healthy and long but the truth is that this kind of experiences are leaving deep psychological traumas. Not all of the incest enjoyable and many of them are forced into this kinds of encounters. Putting aside the children that comes from this relationships who are born with mental or physical retardation. For some it's just fun experimentation, but for some people it could leave deep scars. It's also unnatural because those siblings share the same blood, born by the same mother which is banned by the culture, religion, society.
Man is not born Free. God has its rules and laws for humanity. We don't come in this world by our own will nor will we migrate to the next world by our own wish. All things are written by God. Incest is sin according to the book of God, and those who commit this have to face the judgment day. Incest is all the Devil's ideology and thinking. One who saves himself will find paradise in the next world
First cousins as couples should stay illegal because there are many things that could happen due to this issue. First cousins could create a baby and this baby would be inbred due to the fact that both its parents are related. This child would have a good chance of being born with mental retardation or physical retardation.
I do not understand why anyone would need to marry a close relative. I could possibly understand a third cousin, but it just does not seem that people should ever think of their relatives in a sexual manner, it goes against the way we have arranged society. Also, in the case in which this couple would choose to reproduce, the children are at extreme disadvantages due to health issues that could plague them, and also due to the strange family relationships that they would have to explain for the rest of their lives.