Those who scoffed at the idea that legalizing homosexual marriage would lead to the legalization of other forms of marriage, such as polygamy, incest, and pedophilia, might need to change their condescending tune. A recently published interview indicates that an anonymous, 18-year-old New York woman is planning to marry her biological father after dating him for two years.
In an interview with New York Magazine, the teen told the story of how she was conceived on her parents’ prom night and, when their relationship didn’t last, was raised by her mother, who struggled with mental illness. She said her father briefly came into her life when she was 3- or 4-years-old, and she visited him on weekends until she was 5; but after that, she didn’t have any contact with him for 12 years.
The girl stated that she never really bonded with her mother, and there was never a stable male role model in her life as her mom went through several marriages and relationships while she was growing up. She admits she was always suspicious of men.
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When she was 17, she got a Facebook friend request from her biological father. Apparently, he had been trying to get in contact with her for a while, but her mother had prevented it up to that point. They talked for a little while online, and then got together in person, finding they had much in common. She said “the idea of ‘getting to know him’ seemed strange because we are so much alike” — it was like they already knew each other.
The girl ended up moving out of her mother’s house and in with her father, who had a girlfriend at the time. She said she wrestled with her feelings for her father from the get-go, finding him attractive but realizing that those feelings were not normal.
However, after staying with him for a few days, the girl and her father discussed their mutual attraction and whether the feelings they had for each other were wrong. They started kissing, and that night, she lost her virginity to her father.
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Now the couple is planning a wedding and, while not many know about their relationship, the young woman insists that those who do are supportive. “Everyone on my mom’s side of the family sees us as father and daughter,” she said, but “Those who know that he’s my dad, and that we are engaged, include my father’s parents (they can see we are happy together and they can’t wait for us to have babies — they treat us just like any other couple).”
After their “marriage,” the couple plans on moving to New Jersey, where adult incest is legal–though an incestuous marriage is not legally recognized. The girl told New York Magazine they are planning on having biological children together. She said she is not worried about them having genetic problems, though she does admit she and her father/boyfriend probably won’t tell their future children about their “unique” relationship because they “don’t want to give them any problems.”
While some question the validity of this particular story, genetic sexual attraction, or GSA, is apparently very common when estranged relatives reunite as adults — it is estimated that it occurs in 50 percent of these reunions, whether the pair was separated because of adoption, conception was the result of a sperm donation, or another reason. One hypothesized theory behind this phenomenon is that these people were not able to bond normally when one or both of them were children, and sexual attraction and infatuation take the place of that bonding when they are adults.
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Whatever the reason behind the attraction, it is almost universally agreed upon that these incestuous relationships go against normal human behavior. One commenter stated that “People react [negatively] because there is a trigger that affects the conscience telling you something is not right.” However, this was also the case in regard to homosexual relationships not that long ago; and people’s consciences were changed. Another commenter pointed out that “[W]e were told not to make the slippery slope argument with the homosexual agenda. This is now ‘just another lifestyle’ that we are supposed to embrace and accept as ‘normal.’ We are truly lost as a nation and a society. God help us.” If people don’t take a firm stand against the redefinition of marriage now, who can say what state our world will be in ten or fifteen years down the road.
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