Can You Legally Marry Your Cousin in Illinois? The Answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’
From the bizarre to the absurd...all of your questions are answered, you're welcome. Now I'm not saying that this is something that you wee thinking about, but who knows.
Here's the question...Can you LEGALLY marry your cousin in the state of Illinois. The answer is YES and NO. Could Illinois just make up their mind on this weird question? CENTRAL
Let's start here, there are famous folks that have married their cousins. How about President Franklin Roosevelt? Yep, married his cousin. Here's another "thinker," Albert Einstein...You guessed it, married his cousin. WTH.
So here is the legal side of things in the state of Illinois when it comes to marrying your cousin...Are you ready? Are you sure? Do you have a family reunion to attend this weekend? Ewwww...
According to Illinois Statute 750 ILCS 5/212, marriage between first cousins is illegal, unless both parties are over 50 years old. - Central
Yep, there you have it. Over 50 and have the hots for your cousin in the state of Illinois, it's totally fine. OMG.
The state of Illinois DOES offer a loophole for those under the age of 50 that want to marry a cousin...Are you ready for this gem?
If the participants in the marriage are younger than 50 years of age, then at least one of the pair must present a certificate signed by a licensed physician that they are permanently and irreversibly sterile and cannot have children. Central
The state of Illinois just wants you to be happy...or something. Good luck.
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