Lawmaker tries to ban half-sibling marriage

May 6, 2009 10:47:08 AM PDT
A Delaware state senator has proposed a law to prevent half siblings from getting married in the First State. Sen. Michael Katz said it seems logical that a half brother and half sister shouldn't be able to marry. The issue came to his attention after Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish was asked to marry a half brother and half sister.

Currently, Delaware policy is not to grant marriage licenses to half siblings and a whole host of full-blood relatives. But the law doesn't ban marriages between half siblings.

So Katz introduced a bill last week in the Senate after clerks of the peace in all three counties requested such legislation to close the loophole.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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