People Who Support Incest Believe "Consensual Incest" Should Be Decriminalized

People Who Support Incest Believe "Consensual Incest" Should Be Decriminalized

This advocate has been pushing for laws to change in 60 countries

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Having a family can be one of the most rewarding things in life, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have a biological one. Every family has its own share of struggles, but eventually, pulls through it. But sometimes things can go awry in ways unimaginable. Take, for instance, an anonymous parent from New York who allegedly wants to marry their own adult child. Yes, you read that right. Not only does this mess with "normal" family dynamics, but it also considered illegal, as it is incest. Now, the parent wants to sue to overturn the existing laws as it is a matter of “individual autonomy.” Incest is a third-degree felony under New York law, reports The New York Post. But Richard Morris from Australia, a consensual incest advocate, has no intention of paying heed to this and is looking to overturn incest laws in New York. 



In addition, Morris is also pushing to change the incest laws in about 60 countries. He believes that a relationship between two consenting adults, irrespective of their relationship, "should not be criminalized." Morris and a few other advocates of incest have launched about 130 petitions to change laws around the world, but much to their dismay, they haven't received a lot of support. But it would appear that this has not deterred them. "We haven’t moved any mountains yet," he told The Post. Morris was inspired to fight to change these laws that exist for a reason because of a Scottish father-daughter duo who fell in love and was later punished under the law. 



Fighting for true "marriage equality" is "the right thing to do, isn’t it?" Morris questioned. "It seems to be as unjust as the law that used to imprison gay people, and the law that used to stop people of different races marrying," he added. Keith Pullman, who runs the blog Full Marriage Equality, is also all for overturning the incest laws. "It is absurd to say that an adult can’t consent to marry their parent. That same adult can be sent to war, take on six or seven figures of debt, operate heavy machinery, be sentenced to death by a federal court, and consent to sex with five strangers (and marriage with one of them) but can’t consent to marry someone they love?" he noted.



"In some of these cases, the genetic parent didn’t raise them and they met for the first time two years ago. Allegations of 'grooming' are laughable attempts to deny someone their rights even though it will have no impact on the person objecting," he added. According to a previous report by The New York Post the New Yorker parent chose to remain anonymous because their request is "an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant," as per court papers. In a Manhattan federal court claim filed April 1, the parent argued: "Through the enduring bond of marriage, two persons, whatever relationship they might otherwise have with one another, can find a greater level of expression, intimacy and spirituality." Legal papers barely throw light on the said individuals' age, gender, or hometowns.



"The proposed spouses are adults," the filing says. "The proposed spouses are biological parent and child. The proposed spouses are unable to procreate together." RT reports that not everyone was okay with the article, and The New York Post has been facing quite a bit of backlash for their decision to interview people who are for incest. "Why the hell are we giving 'incest advocates' any kind of platform?" questioned one woman, who then believed that the newspaper should take down the article and apologize, while Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted, "This repulsive article really just says everything about the media… No wonder everyone is so sick of the news. Shame on them."



Juanita Broaddrick, the alleged rape survivor of former President Bill Clinton, called the article "some sick sh*t," while author David J. Ley accused the publication of "dog-whistling to outrage" and trying to stir up attention. Surprisingly, though, there have been a few takers who believe that consensual incest should be legalized. In fact, one user opined that she saw "no problem as long as there isn't a large power imbalance (e.g. parent/child) and both parties are of age to consent," adding that, although it's "taboo," that "doesn't mean it should be punished by the state."  


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