Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, January 8, 2018

Consanguineous Marriages On Decline

From the Economist:

CHARLES DARWIN MARRIED his cousin, and may have regretted it. The great scientist's experiments on plants later convinced him of the “evil effects” of persistent inbreeding. In 1870 he wrote to an MP, suggesting that the upcoming national census ask parents whether they were blood relatives. For, as he noted, consanguineous marriages were commonly said to produce children who suffered from "deagness and dumbness, blindness &c".

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