A brother and sister in New Jersey, USA have done the unprecedented act after they won the right to become couples after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States.
James Banes, 41, and Victoria Banes, 38 were given the legal backing for their union after five judges in a 5-to-4 ruling,
unanimously granted the appeal after a ten-year-long legal battle.
According to pair, they did it for the ‘millions of Americans who have consensual incestuous relationships and who are living in fear’ and lashed out at the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money fighting their challenge.
Speaking to the press, James Banes stated that “Incest has been practiced by humans since the dawn of time. If Adam and Eve hadn’t done it, the human race would not be here today”
In addition, lawyer for the two, Julianne Grey, argued that criminalizing incestuous marriage while first-cousin marriage was legal in the state of New Jersey was a discriminatory approach.
He further argued “Why am I allowed to bang my cousin but not my sister? It just doesn’t make any sense,” James Banes criticized outside of court.
In the event of losing the case, the siblings couples could be facing up to 15 years in jail.
However, the new record couples have disclosed that they were now planning to start a large family and enjoy their newly found freedom.
Futhermore, Victoria Banes, revealed that she is pregnant and was about to deliver a set of twins.
The couple also stated “We’ve always dreamed of having a big family, now this dream will become a reality”.
Meanwhile, prior to this ruling, New Jersey state laws only permitted first-cousin marriages but since the landmark ruling, New Jersey is now the only state in the country to also allow incestuous marriages.