Consanguineous Marriages

Consanguineous marriages have long been practiced in different parts of the world. Though the practice emerged out of certain practical and financial advantages, modern science found several instances of such marriages bearing health risks for the next generation. Here is a brief guide on consanguineous marriages and associated health issues.

A consanguineous relationship, wherein one marries a cousin, is forbidden by law or convention in many societies. The argument against such unions is that they present the danger of genetic problems in the next generation. However in many parts of the world, marrying a cousin is not uncommon and causes range from economic advantages and traditional compulsions about lineage to simply love. Here are ten famous people who – for whatever reason – married their cousins.

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