Keeping It In The Family

Two first cousins from Utah are ringing the wedding bells after getting legally married last Monday.

The newlyweds, Angie Lee and Michael Lee, actually had to travel to Colorado to get hitched. Utah state law prohibits any marriage between first cousins, unless the couple is 65 or older or over 55 and proven infertile.

The new bride, Angie Lee, told Salt Lake City station KTVX-TV,

“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.”

According to Columbia University researchers, the couple’s chances of having a child with genetic disabilities is 4%-7% more likely because Angie’s father and Michael’s mother are siblings.

This is apparently of no concern to the couple. After the marriage, the couple started a petition to get the Utah law that prohibits their union changed, calling it “antiquated”.

“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 Lee told the station.

Hey… to each his own.