http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...tzerland-considers-repealing-incest-laws.html So what do you think? Most people, for whatever reason, find the very idea of incest supremely icky (although I don't happen to), but obviously "being totally grossed out" is not really a good basis for sound jurisprudence. The strongest counterargument I can think of is the increased risk of genetic defects, but there are plenty of current examples of non-closely-related couples who are at similar (or even worse) risk, but who may still legally have sex and bear children. And at any rate, prohibitions of this type have a notoriously unpalatable recent history, which we would do well to learn from. Also, needless to say, sex does not always equate to procreation. Another minor quibble: how do we define "closely related?" Every member of this forum is a cousin to every other member. Every sexual act is incestuous, for a sufficiently broad definition of the term. If an arbitrary line needs to be drawn (and I would argue it doesn't), how do we go about determining what it is? Anyway, I'd like to hear what the rest of you think. EDIT: I also want to emphasize that we're only talking about relationships between consenting adults, since the concepts of incest and child molestation are frequently conflated.