I have a THIRD cousin I wouldn't mind to....But FIRST?!
ALTOONA, Pa. - First cousins who were denied a marriage license in Blair County, Pennsylvania, earlier this month have been married in Maryland.
Tonight Show host Jay Leno and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh both commented about the story after Blair County Judge Jolene Kopriva refused to marry 46-year-old Eleanor Amrhein and 39-year-old Donald Andrews of Logan Township.
The couple's mothers are sisters.
They hoped the judge would grant an exception to the Pennsylvania law, which was meant to prevent birth defects and other problems caused by intermarriage.
The couple told the judge they didn't plan to have children, but the judge refused to make an exception.
So on Monday, the couple traveled to Maryland where first cousins are allowed to marry.
Amrhein says some people have told her she should be ashamed of marrying her cousin, but she says she's not embarrassed, just in love.