An individual is suing the state of New York for the right to marry their own adult offspring, arguing that doing so is a matter of “individual autonomy” whether one opts to become romantically involved with their grown children.
The parent feels strongly enough that they ought to be allowed to marry their own child, yet opted to remain anonymous in the lawsuit as it was “an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant,” according to court documents and reported by the New York Post.
“Through the enduring bond of marriage, two persons, whatever relationship they might otherwise have with one another, can find a greater level of expression, intimacy and spirituality,” the Manhattan federal court claim, filed April 1, argues.
The two individuals’ respective genders and ages are not specified, neither is the current relationship status between parent and offspring. It does make clear that each are legal adults.
“The proposed spouses are adults,” the filing states. “The proposed spouses are biological parent and child. The proposed spouses are unable to procreate together.”
Under current New York law, the Post explains, incest is a third-degree felony which can be punishable by up to four years in prison. Incestuous marriages are considered void and spouses can face fines and as much as six months in jail. In order to obtain a marriage license in New York City, those filing must list birth parents and affirm that there are “no legal impediments to the marriage,” according to the City Clerk’s Office.
The individual filing would like to propose to their adult child but under current laws, fears they would “sustain emotional harm.”
They are requesting a judge declare pre-existing laws against parent-offspring unions unconstitutional.
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