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New York Parent Files Legal Request To Marry Their Adult Child

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 A New York parent has filed legal papers attempting to change the law to allow them to marry their own adult child.


The parent, who seeks to remain anonymous, filed at the Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month aim to overturn laws banning incestuous relationships calling it a matter of “individual autonomy.” The reason for anonymity as explained in the papers is that the parent thinks their request would be deemed “morally, biologically and socially repugnant.” Therefore, even the court papers only contain a very vague description of the parent and their child. Although other details like hometown and address have been revealed.


“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 parent argues in the Manhattan federal court claim filed April 1.


The filing refers to the partnership as PAACNP or Parent and Adult Child Non-Procreationable and adds: "The proposed spouses are adults.


"The proposed spouses are biological parent and child. The proposed spouses are unable to procreate together."


It continues: "Parent-and-adult-child couples for whom procreation is either virtually or literally impossible can aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning."



Incest is a third-degree felony under New York law, punishable by up to four years behind bars, and incestuous marriages are considered void, with the spouses facing a fine and up to six months in jail.


The parent is calling on judges to allow the couple to get hitched in New York City and says the current rules are 'unconstitutional'.


The parent says they would love to be able to propose to their child, but can't due to the 'emotional harm' caused by the current laws.


Talking to the New York Post, Manhattan family and matrimonial law attorney Eric Wrubel said, “It’s never gonna fly.


“The closest you can come is Woody Allen, and that wasn’t his daughter, it was an adopted child whom he never adopted and it still turns people’s stomachs,” he said.


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