Is it legal to marry with cousins? While science says this will lead to inbreeding and other genetic problems, few people don’t care even if it is illegal. But as a matter of fact, 21 US states believe marriage with cousin is a legal practice.
Let’s discuss about 8 of such popular figures who married their cousins with some of them raising questions and controversies among public.
A renowned biologist who developed the Theory of Evolution married to Emma Wedgwood, his first cousin. They had 10 children and three of them died in their early ages. While others, when fallen sick, Charles was worried about the effect of inbreeding.
The 32nd President of United States of America married his cousin Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in New York in the year 1905. It was said that she was his fifth cousin. She was the daughter of Franklin’s Mom’s brother. Anna and Franklin raised six children together.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Also known as The Killer, Jerry was not just a singer, but a Rock-star who composed songs, played piano, and wrote songs. He won Grammy awards several times and was well known for his controversial relationship which turned to marriage with his 13 year old cousin. This brought down his public image and led to a record boycott of shows. Though later, he made a comeback by performing continuously and then was inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the year 1986.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of United Kingdom and other commonwealth realms, Queen Elizabeth II married her cousin Prince Philip. They are actually second cousins and are successor of King Christian IX of Denmark and Queen Victoria.
The science genius Einstein, after his first marriage, decided to marry his cousin Elsa Lowenthal. Albert and Elsa were second cousins on his father’s side and first cousins on his mother’s side. Elsa already had two kids before their marriage, so Albert didn’t have had any intentions to have kids together and he took care of her kids, as if they were his own children.
Known for his dictatorship in Iraq, Saddam Hussein married his maternal first cousin, Sajida Tulfah Hussein. They raised five children together. Some sources reveal that Saddam married two other women in his life, since polygamy is legal in Iraq.
Imagine, after 24 years of successful marriage, you get to know that your wife is one of your cousins. What would be your reaction?
Kevin and Kyra Sedgwick got to know this while filming “Finding Your Roots” and found that they were ninth cousins. In an interview with Kyra, she said that she was just guessing it! But as long as they are not first cousins, so she said it was fine for both of them.