I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. For those of you who have no idea, it sits in the southwest corner of Ohio, and is bordered by both Kentucky and Indiana. Those three states make up our Tri-State area. Here in Cincinnati we love to make fun of both states, mostly Kentucky, by saying such things as they’re all hillbillies with no teeth who are into incest and marry their cousins at 14 years old. I don’t know why that is, but of the three states I like Ohio the least. Both Kentucky and Indiana are pretty cool places.
Recently I found out from my mom that the term “kissing cousins” is an actual thing, and that she knows of people who have married their cousins in Ohio. She also said it’s legal for them to do so, but by law they’re not allowed to have kids.
I was shocked, but I didn’t really look into it. She’s not known for telling tall tales. I did confirm with my dad about one of the stories though, it was one of his best friends who married his cousin, many years ago.
I just saw in the news where a German committee is trying to get the country to abolish incest laws, saying incest is a fundamental right. Not necessarily sleeping with your relatives is a fundamental right, but being able to choose who you have sex with as a grown adult.
So I decided to finally look into what my mom was telling me about and I checked out the incest laws here in the United States. I went to Wikipedia, if that matters, but this is what I found.