After Couple's Story, NJ May Ban Adult Incest

State legislator to propose legislation to make it illegal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2015 4:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Remember the story about an 18-year-old girl who reunited—really reunited—with her long-lost father and agreed to marry him? So does New Jersey state lawmaker Mary Pat Angelini. After learning that the couple planned to move to New Jersey because the state has no laws on the books against adult incest, Angelini has decided to try to change that. She plans to introduce legislation making it illegal, reports

"Obviously, these types of relationships violate our acceptable moral standards and should be banned," says the GOP asssemblywoman. Under her bill, it would be illegal "to marry or commit an act of sexual penetration with a blood relative including a parent or child, brother or sister, including half-siblings, or an uncle, aunt, nephew or niece," reports the Asbury Park Press. Violators would face a prison term of three to five years, along with a fine of up to $15,000.

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