As of September 1st, 2005,
the state of Texas no longer
accepts marriages between first cousins. In fact, the language of the new law
now deems first cousin as felons! The civil marriage laws and criminal laws
Hilderbran introduced an amendment
that was tacked on a bill
that strengthened child protection laws in the state of Texas.
This was not a stand-alone bill, nor would a stand-alone bill ever be
passed on this day and time.
I spoke with a spokesperson for Representative Hilderbran. I was informed
that the bill was aimed at folks with plural marriages (Bigamists). They simply
borrowed language from Utah, of
all places. I guess that is why they changed the criminal code, too. It now
matches Utah's code. I believe Utah
was the only state that had criminal laws on the books that included
What can be done? Check back. You can start by calling Rep Hilderbran's
office at (512) 463-0536 or send him an email here.
Check back often for
updated information. CousinCouples.com had no prior knowledge of this bill. Not
one media outlet mentioned the fact that first cousins would be prohibited
to marry in the state of Texas. Amendments are not given much
attention from the media. Such an amendment is unfounded, and unconstitutional.
Let's prove it.
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