All that said, it sounds as though you and your partner have found something special in each other.
If you are considering having children together, it makes sense to seek genetic counseling.
A genetic counselor is a nurse or doctor with special training or expertise who will perform tests and learn about you and your partner's family history.
My boyfriend and I are both 19 and have been dating for a year now. When we first started dating, we made alot of jokes about being related because we had a lot of common interests and beliefs.
But tonight, I was having dinner with his patents, grandparents, aunts and...
With a clearer picture of the risks your offspring might face, a counselor can help you reach a decision that makes sense for you, your partner, and if you choose to go down that path, your children as well.
You can learn more about genetic counseling by visiting the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
Now, there may be other reasons that this arrangement is bad.
I would certainly be very uncomfortable with a first cousin arrangement since this would be very close to the biblical prohibition.
The fuller prohibition has come partly from a desire to keep as far as possible away from something that is spoken of with such serious warning in scripture. As our society has become more numerous and diverse, it has become more repulsive to us to marry close to family. Cousins usually share a common set of grandparents (though it can be only one grandparent) and one-half of the genetic pool.
It has also become a joke to put down those who were considered to be from the sticks--that is, rural folks who did not know any better. Second cousins usually share a common set of great-grandparents and one-fourth of the genetic pool.
Experts say 1 out of 4 such children will have some sort of disorder.