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What an incredibly supportive and amazing group!

Please forgive my intrusion. My name is Beth and I'm a features writer with That's Life - a national magazine that tells real-life stories in Australia and New Zealand.

We share unique love stories in the first person and in a completely non-judgemental way. All of our interviewees receive full copy approval. 

I'm posting as I'd love to find an Aussie or Kiwi couple who'd be willing to speak to me. I think that it's really important that we tackle the stigma associated with dating/marrying your cousin. It is, after all, completely legal!

The only way we can do that, though, is by people coming forward to share their stories, openly and candidly. 

If you are interested, please drop me an email at *************@***********.com.au. 

Thanks very much,

Beth 

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Hi, Beth, and welcome to the site!  I've seen a few folks from that part of the world come around here.  I'm going to remove your email address and ask that interested folks DM you instead.  Please see our posts in the Shoot the Breeze forum regarding media.  We do have a strict policy regarding media solicitation and appreciate you reading that first.

Best wishes!

CM

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