- Sep 22, 2006
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Consanguineous marriage is not a good thing for any resulting kids.
The elephant in the room is the fact that it is disproportionately common among British families of Pakistani/Bangladeshi origin, where there's a centuries-old tradition of cousin/cousin marriage.
A recent Waily Fail article summarises several research projects, and some anecdotal information, into a feature that doesn't make comfortable reading.
I wasn't going to go there, but I heard a documentary on Radio 4 recently that interviewed a woman who had lost 3 children to a genetic disease after marrying her cousin. As a bereaved parent I felt nothing but sympathy until she said that she knew that God would allow her to have a child who lived. Eventually.
Of course one explanation for the Cleveland Sex Abuse scandal was that doctors finally couldn't cope with the significant amount of children suffering parental abuse, supposedly rife in isolated North Yorkshire villages.