This is just nuts.Thank you!
Collectively, the two siblings now have an arrest record and will have over $20,000 worth of debt to the state. They may have to register as sex offenders. Even though I, like many Game of Thrones fans, think that incest is unnatural and unhealthy for any future offspring they might have, I don’t think having consensual sex with your brother or sister should mean that the state has license to effectively ruin your life.
While incest occurs frequently in nature, Nathaniel Wheelwright, an evolutionary biologist at Bowdoin College in Maine, aptly notes that, “Sex results in… diverse offspring and maintains a diversity of genes.” Having sex with one’s siblings—with whom you share over half your genes (and in this case, the half-siblings would share up to a quarter of the same genes), completely negates that point.Ah, but if your goal is to further your genes, this can be an effective way of doing that, as "your" genes have a greater chance of being carried on.
As we all know, children that arise from incest run the risk of greater genetic mutation which can significantly decrease their quality of life.Yes, there is a greater risk that problems in the family gene pool will be expressed or carried, but also an increased likelihood that genetic advantages in the family gene pool will be expressed or carried. Again, MOST children born to close relatives are healthy. More on this issue here.
But when having sex without intent of having children (which sounds like the kind of sex Buckner and Timothy were having), there really isn’t any problem. For me, this is a morally neutral issue. When procreation is involved, the waters may get murkier, but I believe that that’s the parent’s issue, not the state’s.
In this case, two consenting adults decided to have sex with each other. There was no coercion involved and no loss of property, so far as we can tell. This is a victimless crime and the state has no business regulating it.It's a waste of resources for a state to prosecute consenting adults for having sex, and those resources could be better spent protecting people, especially children, against abuse.