A person from New York has filed legal papers at the Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month aiming to overturn laws banning incestuous relationships.
Under the current New York laws, incest is a third-degree felony in New York and is punishable by up to four years in prison. However, someone is trying to change the law.
A resident of the state, whose identity has been kept a secret for all the obvious reasons, has filed legal papers at the Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month aiming to overturn laws banning incestuous relationships. The person is allegedly attempting to change the law to allow them to marry their own adult child.
Not much information about the case was revealed. Due to the nature of the legal challenge, the papers, seen by the New York Post, are very light on detail regarding the parent and child - excluding identifying information such as gender, ages, and where they live.
Moreover, the parent filing the papers has asked to be kept anonymous because his/her views and filing is 'an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant'.
The filing states,
“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.”
Referring to the partnership as PAACNP or Parent and Adult Child Non-Procreationable, and adds,
“The proposed spouses are adults. The proposed spouses are biological parents and children. The proposed spouses are unable to procreate together. 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.”
The person who filed the paper is calling on judges to allow the couple to get hitched in New York City and says the current rules are 'unconstitutional'. The parent-child couple is allegedly in love and the parent wants to be able to propose to their child, but can't due to the 'emotional harm' caused by the current laws.
Speaking to the New York Post, New York University law professor Sylvia Law said,
"I don't think there's a big popular movement, but I do think as long as we've kept records, there have been cases. It's an area where I think most people would say the government has a right to make the rules, even if they don't apply to every situation."
Article source: LadBible