Monday, October 8, 2012

Consanguineous Marriages Dissed on Breaking Amish

At, Nannette Richford reports on the latest episode of "Breaking Amish" on TLC...
Rebecca commented about the prevalence of incest in the Amish community. When questioned, she explained that she was talking about marrying first and second cousins, supposedly a common practice in her community.
There are some countries and a little over half of US states where the bigotry against marriage equality extends to preventing heterosexual first cousins from marrying, but there are many places where heterosexual marriage between first cousins is legal and common. There are a few places in the US where same-gender first cousins can marry. I'm not aware of any place where second cousins (if they are heterosexual) are denied marriage. Smearing marriages between first cousins and between second cousins is ignorant.

The article notes...

In light of the alleged evidence that appears to support that the show “Breaking Amish” is fake, viewers must weigh the truth of any statements made by the cast, including their accounts of the sexual lives of the Amish.
Everything on television, including "reality" shows, should not be simply assumed to be true. Participants on shows may say things that aren't true, or embellish. It is something to keep in mind about television in general.

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