And just yesterday, minding my own business, I was asked a question at a dinner table full of liberals that stopped me in my tracks, morally speaking:
Is it ever OK to have consensual sex with someone in your family?
Yes, it usually is OK.
The question came from an attractive woman in her late 40s. My immediate response was, absolutely not.
That can be a typical response.
Years before, she and her half-brother had fallen madly in love. It was one of those requited-but-not-consummated, and never talked about, loves, and after high school the half-siblings had gone their separate ways, seeing each other only very rarely at family reunions. (They shared a mother but had different fathers).
In the past year, she continued, this woman had reconnected by telephone with this half-brother, who lived on the West Coast (we were in New York City). Both of them were now divorced and their phone calls were starting to turn steamy. The brother wanted to meet in Vegas for a long weekend. If she agreed to this illicit interlude, she was sure that things would finally become sexual between them.
Good for them. Sounds like they should have stayed together originally in the first place, but prejudice was keeping them apart.
I told her to go to Vegas.
Good for Matousek!
Why would they say no to the chance at love?
The pressure of bigotry and bigoted laws. Otherwise, there is no reason.
It seemed foolish and sad to turn away from such a gift.
They should have the freedom to be together for a weekend or for life. They may have a beautiful, passionate relationship together for the rest of their lives. They should not be fired, bullied, nor arrested, nor should they be denied the freedom to marry, if that is what they want.
If you recognize yourself in this example (or have any life story that is remotely like this), please give an update. You can comment here (anonymously, if you want) or email me: fullmarriageequality at yahoo dot com
See Ten Myths About Sibling Consanguinamory