A close-parent couple charged with incest may face at least five years in prison and a fine of $10,000, but the couple told the media they planned to do a detailed genetic test before they could have their child tested and everything was OK before they got pregnant.
The couple's husband, Mike Lee, and his wife, Angela Payne, are cousins, both 38, from Utah. Some media say Payne's father is the older brother of Mike Lee's mother.
Because Utah's laws don't allow close relatives to marry, unless they prove sterile after the age of 65, the two drove to Grameen, Colorado, last March to exchange vows and register for marriage. Prior to that, Payne had a marriage and had three children.
Penn said she and her cousin became infatuated with each other when they were in the second grade of primary school, and later somehow separated, a point is 10 years, and after meeting again, the relationship between the two became more and more fiery. Penn said her and her cousin's feelings and relationships were unusual, with their shared sexual pursuits, their friendships and close family and spiritual relationships.
Payne also told The New York Times that the two were very careful about having children because almost everyone talked about it and advised them to \"don't do anything stupid,\"\" don't take risks, don't be irresponsible!\" For this, they went to do a detailed genetic test, the results made them happy, everything showed OK, they can have a child of their own. Mr Payne is now in a six-pack and is due in May. Mr. Payne says they are planning a bright future but are not expecting allegations of incest. They're going to be on a television show about the unusual experience and prove that their pregnancy tests are all right, and call on Utah to change the law.
According to the Columbia University study, the same percentage of DNA is found between cousins, meaning that if they have children, they have at least a 7 percent chance of having a genetic defect, compared with a normal couple who have children between 3 and 4 percent.