First cousins petition to legalise their marriage

A set of first cousins in Utah are petitioning to change the state’s marriage laws after having to drive to Colorado in order to tie the knot. Source: Facebook/The Michael and Angie Foundation

A set of first cousins in Utah are petitioning to change the state’s marriage laws after having to drive to Colorado in order to tie the knot.

Now they want to make their union legal in their home state.

Michael and Angie Lee’s parents are siblings, but that did not stop the two from catching each other’s eyes at a young age.

They told US news outlet KTVX their unique attraction began back in second grade when they recognised they had a crush on one another, and Michael even told his aunt he was going to marry her daughter.

“She said, ‘No, I’m sorry you can’t. But you can be friends!’” Michael told KTVX.

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“It’s just something I’ve always felt like life wasn’t fair.

“Why did the person I want to be with the most and had the most attraction to, the most natural feelings for, why did you have to be my cousin?”

The taboo was enough to keep them apart for 10 years, while Angie started a family of her own.

But after recently reuniting, the mother of three and her cousin were ready to take their relationship to the next level, which meant getting a marriage license in Colorado where their union was legal.

“We’re like okay this is crazy but we’re adults now, we’re single now, we’re just gonna go for it,” Angie said.

“And who cares what our family thinks.”

Michael and Angie Lee’s parents are siblings, but that did not stop the two from catching each other’s eyes at a young age. Source: Facebook/The Michael and Angie Foundation

But the lack of acceptance from the couple’s family has proven to be the least of their problems when it comes to recognising the marriage in their home state.

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According to Utah’s marriage laws, first cousins can only marry if both are over 65 or if both are over 55 and the court finds they are unable to reproduce.

The law is a result of the genetic consequences of having children with a blood relative.

Michael told KTVX those biological implications were insignificant when it comes to the way he felt about Angie.

Now the couple has a joint Facebook page to get support from those who feel the same way and a petition addressing the law that has only 12 signatures as of Thursday evening (local time).

“No one I’ve ever been with will make me feel as perfect as she does. And her being my cousin and some of the responses is a small price to pay,” he said.

“I’ve always loved you, Angie.”

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