Commentary: The background and outcomes of the first-cousin marriage controversy in Great Britain
Oxford University Press
Computing, Health and Science
Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science
The article discusses the background and outcomes of the controversy on consanguineous marriage in Great Britain. It notes that during the early years of Christianity, uncle-nice and half-sibling marriages were permissible in Athens and Sparta, but in Rome, there was a strong disapproval on first-cousin marriage. The author states that a study conducted by mathematician George Darwin, the son of naturalist Charles Darwin, suggests that the fears with regard to the ill-effects of first-cousin marriage were exaggerated.