But this news is not about the US, but rather Kenya. Martin Oduor reports at ghafla.co.ke...
If you didn’t know, it’s okay for cousins to have sexual relationships in Kenya!So it's legal. Apparently, some courts were not aware of what the law says and doesn't say, which is a problem.
Apparently Kenyan law hasn’t criminalized sexual relationships between cousins; high court ruling on an ‘incestuous’ relationship has stunned the nation.
High Court judge James Makau found that the Sexual Offenses Act did not mention cousins among the list of relatives under the offence of incest.
Reading his ruling in a case where a woman took her nephew to court for having sex with her daughter, Makau stated that sex and marriages between cousins was permissible because there are no provisions for it in the law.
The law should be changed so that the criteria for adults having sex or marrying is consent. If they are adults and they consent, it shouldn't be discriminated against.
“The National Assembly did not leave out the clause on cousins by intension but by the fact that in some cultures in Kenya, like the Hundus and Muslims, allow sexual acts and marriage between cousins. It is not criminalized,” The Standard quoted the high court judge.
The accused in the said ‘incestuous relationship’ appealed the case at the High Court after a lower court found him guilty of incest and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
The High court found him not guilty of incest and suspended the jail term he had been handed by the lower court.Ten years in prison! How outrageous! It's a good thing that was overturned.
UPDATE: Reaction from a few Kenyans.