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post Jan 5 2018, 08:06 AM
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A very controversial topic I know - but since society seems to be moving in the direction of legalising activities formerly considered taboo, I wondered what your thoughts were on this?

Obviously the main issue is that of increased incidence of birth defects - but in that case, should relationships between first cousins also be illegal?
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post Jan 6 2018, 10:51 AM
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Small sample size, but pretty much as I expected.

Presumably the instinctive aversion overrides the well-understood biological risk then, otherwise the second poll might have produced a slightly different result. unsure.gif


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post Jan 7 2018, 06:43 AM
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Does anyone think it will ever be legalized, in the way that other sexual activities once considered forbidden, have been?

Personally, I doubt it.
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post Jan 7 2018, 01:18 PM
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I can't see it being legalised in my lifetime. The level of hostility is just too great for any government to consider it. The oddest thing about the law is that it applies to same sex relationships even though the main justification for the law doesn't apply. Of course, that could be said to reflect the taboo nature of incestuous relationships in general.
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post Jan 8 2018, 07:01 AM
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Jan 7 2018, 01:18 PM) *
I can't see it being legalised in my lifetime. The level of hostility is just too great for any government to consider it. The oddest thing about the law is that it applies to same sex relationships even though the main justification for the law doesn't apply. Of course, that could be said to reflect the taboo nature of incestuous relationships in general.


Not that same-sex incestuous relationships could be legalized on their own of course.

I suspect part of it is the possibility is the issue of coerced 'consent' which might be more of an issue than in usual relationships?

At the end of the day though, is it the place of the law to intervene in relationships that only affect consenting adults, whatever the nature of that relationship? Maybe that was one of the arguments used to legalize homosexuality? unsure.gif
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post Jan 8 2018, 08:48 AM
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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Jan 8 2018, 07:01 AM) *
At the end of the day though, is it the place of the law to intervene in relationships that only affect consenting adults, whatever the nature of that relationship? Maybe that was one of the arguments used to legalize homosexuality? unsure.gif

At the time of the age of consent debate in the 1990s that was a line we were encouraged to use to try and persuade Tory MPs. I didn't really follow the debate in the 1960s.
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