A parent and child couple taking legal action to be allowed to marry are attracting support from incest legalisation groups around the world.
Australian campaigner Richard Morris says the New York couple’s relationship “should not be criminalised” and says he and other incest advocates have started over 130 online petitions demanding that incest laws are changed in several different countries.
He admits, though, that as yet the petitions have only collected a small number of signatures.
Morris said: “We haven’t moved any mountains yet.”
Mr Morris is a long-time supporter of incest decriminalisation and says he first became interested in the subject after reading about a Scottish father and daughter who were prosecuted after meeting for the first time as adults and beginning a sexual relationship.
He bizarrely claims that closely related people who start sexual relationships “haven’t done anything to hurt anyone, they have just fallen in love with someone who they happen to be a related to”.
Mr Morris claims that campaigning for true “marriage equality” is just “the right thing to do”.
“It seems to be as unjust as the law that used to imprison gay people,” he told the New York Post, “and the law that used to stop people of different races marrying.”
When Mr Morris was asked to discuss his own relationships by the Scottish Herald, he declined to answer, saying that would be “inappropriate”.
Keith Pullman runs an online campaign for the right of consenting related adults “to share and enjoy love, sex, and marriage”.
He insisted that it was “absurd” that marriage between a parent and child was illegal.
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He said that if an adult can be sent to fight a war or get a mortgage, face the death penalty or “consent to sex with five strangers” it made no sense to prevent them from marrying “someone they love.”
However, the bid is unlikely to succeed. A New York State ruling on a previous incest case stated that “parent-child and brother-sister marriages…are grounded in the almost universal horror”.