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Incest advocates step up their call to decriminalize incestuous relationships in wake of lawsuit demanding New York allow a parent to marry their child
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Incest advocates step up their call to decriminalize incestuous relationships in wake of lawsuit demanding New York allow a parent to marry their child

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Advocates for the legalization of consensual incest are using a recent New York lawsuit demanding the state allow a parent to marry their adult child to further their agenda, the New York Post reported over the weekend.

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An anonymous New Yorker filed a lawsuit this month to overturn the Empire State's laws outlawing incestuous marriages because they want to marry their adult offspring.

Under New York law, incest is a third-degree felony punishable by up to four years in jail. According to the New York code, someone "is guilty of incest in the third degree when he or she marries or engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with a person whom he or she knows to be related to him or her ... as an ancestor, descendant, brother or sister of either the whole or the half blood, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece."

Incestuous marriages are null in New York, and spouses in such marriages are subject to fines and jail time, as is anyone who "knowingly and willfully" solemnizes such a marriage.

The parent behind the lawsuit — who has remained unnamed because their request is, as they admit in their filing, "an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant" — is unhappy that the state would dare to "diminish their humanity" in an issue that is a matter of "individual autonomy."

Now advocates for legalizing incest are jumping at the chance to support the suit and use it to advance their agenda.

Pro-incest advocate Richard Morris of Australia told the Post that he backs the suit, saying that sex between consenting adults "should not be criminalized."

Though he and his fellow incest advocates have been working to change laws in some 60 countries, "We haven't moved any mountains yet," he told the paper.

Morris is using the familiar mantra of fighting for real "marriage equality," saying to the Post that it's "the right thing to do, isn't it?"

"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 said.

The Post said another incest advocate, Keith Pullman of the Full Marriage Equality site, is enthused by the New York lawsuit.

He told the Post:

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? 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.

Pullman's website advocates "for the right of consenting adults to share and enjoy love, sex, residence, and marriage without limits on the gender, number, or relation of participants" and claims that "full marriage equality is a basic human right."

He published a long list of characteristics that detail exactly for whom the site was designed, including:

● I am attracted to or want to have sex with a family member or close relative (an in-law, step-relation, adopted relation, half-blood relative, full-blood relative, cousin).
● I am in a sexual relationship with or want a sexual relationship with a family member or close relative.
● I want to marry a family member or close relative, or have our existing marriage legally recognized.
● I have experienced Genetic Sexual Attraction or a strong attraction to a close genetic relative I was not raised with or I didn't raise or who didn't raise me.
● I am in or want a consensual incestuous relationship with another adult.

Those "feelings" and "experiences," Pullman's site says, "are not necessarily wrong or impossible."

"Not everyone is going to want to accept who you are or who you love or how you love," the site continues. "That's okay, as long as they don't try to control you. Sexual, relationship, and marriage rights are arriving for all adults, and as that happens, anyone who hates you or is prejudiced against you will have less and less ability to hurt you. That is why this blog exists; we promote relationship rights, including full marriage equality" (emphasis in original).

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