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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Kissing Cousins

Hillbillies in Kentucky can breathe a sigh of relief. A new bill removes sex with first cousins from the new incest definitions.

Nick Wilson (R. Williamsburg ) filed HB 269 yesterday. 
The purpose of the bill is to add “sexual contact” to the incest statute. Currently, incest only applies in cases of intercourse. So sexual touching/groping by uncles, stepdads or anyone with a familial relationship is not included in incest. His bill makes that kind of sexual contact a Class D Felony, unless the victim is under the age of 12, then it increases the penalty to a Class C Felony.

Wilson's bill strips the provision of not allowing one to marry or have sexual relations with their first cousin from the law. Which is probably a good thing, because perhaps thirty percent of the existing marriages in the bluegrass state would be suddenly illegal. That would be unfair and wreak havoc on a lot of good families.

You still can't marry your sister or your ma. Yet.


Postscript - After pressure, he is backtracking. Says the change was inadvertent. Right... Quit it Pa, you're crushing my smokes.

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