In traditional residential societies, couples who were more closely related to each other had more children.
Perhaps even more unfortunate is that many preachers, priests, and theologians have also allowed society to cloud their judgment on the issue, rather than to study what the Bible has to say on the subject for themselves.
The Bible has a great deal to say about cousin marriage, and not once does it say anything negative.
To the contrary, all references to cousin marriage in scripture are 100% supportive.
In some countries outside that region, it is uncommon but still legal.
In others, it is seen as incestuous and is legally prohibited: it is banned in China and Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, and in fewer than half of the United States.
Now I’ve got all that sorted out, and we have great chemistry. Many say it’s “weird,” while others tell me to go for it. I’d rather not contribute to any negative stereotypes. I know it’s legally allowed, but is it socially acceptable?