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Is There a Civil Right to Inbreeding?

John on March 7, 2007 at 8:46 am

Conservatives, like myself, have argued that the promotion of gay marriage makes further re-definition of marriage inevitable. Once gays are given the “civil right” to marry, why not polygamy? Why not brothers and sisters? Such suggestions are usually greeted with a snarl of disgust. Are you comparing homosexuality to incest? No, I’m just saying one thing leads to another:

They share a small flat in an east German tower block on the outskirts of the city. It looks like an ordinary family scene, but Patrick is Susan’s brother and they are lovers.

“Many people see it as a crime, but we’ve done nothing wrong,” said Patrick, an unemployed locksmith.

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Incest is a criminal offence in Germany. Patrick Stuebing has already served a two-year sentence for committing incest and there is another jail term looming if paragraph 173 of the legal code is not overturned.

The couple’s lawyer, Endrik Wilhelm, has lodged an appeal with Germany’s highest judicial body, the federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, in order to overturn the country’s ban on incest.

“Under Germany’s criminal code, which dates back to 1871, it is a crime for close relatives to have sex and it’s punishable by up to three years in prison. This law is out of date and it breaches the couple’s civil rights,” Dr Wilhelm said.

Doesn’t that sound familiar? Of course there is a genetic reason for not allowing siblings to marry:

“We need this law against incest in Germany and in the whole of Europe,” said Professor Juergen Kunze, a geneticist at Berlin’s Charite Hospital.

“It is based on long traditions in Western societies, and the law is here for a good reason,” said Prof Kunze.

“Medical research has shown that there is a higher risk of genetic abnormalities when close relatives have a child together. When siblings have children, there is a 50% chance that the child will be disabled,” he said.

Patrick and Susan say they have no other choice but to fight the current law.

“I have read that some doctors claim that children born to siblings could be disabled, but what about disabled parents who have children, or older parents?” asked Patrick.

“People have said that our children are disabled, but that is wrong. They are not disabled,” said Patrick.

“Eric, our eldest child, has epilepsy, but he was born two months premature, he also has learning difficulties. Our other daughter, Sarah, has special needs,” Patrick said.

The article ends with a statement from the “couple’s” lawyer:

“Many criminal law experts say that we are right and I’m confident that my clients will win their case. The law against incest is based on very old moral principles. The law was abolished in France, it’s about time it should be scrapped here in Germany as well.

In France, incest is a sign of progress! Laugh now, but we’ll be seeing this same thing happen here in a few years. Once you loose yourself from those “very old moral principles” there’s no place to stop. This is a real slipperly slope we’re sliding down.

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