Utah Cousins Want To Marry Each Other
You've heard the term kissin cousins? Well, two cousins are looking to more than kiss if they can convince lawmakers in the Beehive State to lift the state's marriage ban on marrying a cousin.Michael and Angie Lee took a trip, not to Las Vegas, but to the state of Colorado to get hitched. Colorado state law does allow first cousins to marry while Utah prohibits it.
The newlyweds now want to be the catalyst for cousins to marry each other without fear of prosecution. The Lee's told Salt Lake City TV Station ABC4 how they fell in love.
"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," the cousin-couple said.
The couple proudly share that they were attracted to each other at a very young age. Their parents discouraged them from pursuing their love until they later caught up and reconnected after ten years.
The Lee's hope that by going public they will build enough support to pressure lawmakers to change the law. They've started an online petition that currently has gathered 334 signatures. You can see the petition right here.
No word on whether or not the conservative Utah Legislature will consider revising the marriage laws. Recently the legislature voted to repeal the law making it illegal to have sex outside of marriage. Fox13 reports the bill passed both the House and Senate despite vocal opposition from conservative state representatives.