Incest may not seem like a particularly heinous crime, but most legislatures have passed laws that treat incest harshly. Oklahoma is one such jurisdiction. You may not have sex with or marry a close relation.
Persons who have sexual relations, intermarry, or commit adultery with another person who is within the degree of consanguinity in which marriages are by the laws of the state declared incestuous and void, may be convicted of incest. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 885
The relationships so prohibited include marriages between:
- ancestors and descendants of any degree;
- stepfather and stepdaughter;
- stepmother and stepson;
- uncles and nieces (except in cases where such relationship is only by marriage);
- aunts and nephews (except in cases where such relationship is only by marriage);
- brothers and sisters of the half as well as the whole blood; and
- first cousins.
These sexual or marital relations are incestuous under the law, are illegal and void, and are expressly prohibited. Any such marriage will be declared null and void.
However, a marriage of first cousins which was entered into in a state in which that is allowed, and which is otherwise legal, is recognized as valid and binding in Oklahoma. Okla. Stat. tit. 43 § 2
All states, including Oklahoma, allow marriage between second cousins (the child of your parent’s cousin would be your second cousin).
Penalties for Incest in Oklahoma
The crime is a felony in Oklahoma and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
In addition, if you are convicted and sentenced to more than two years in prison for this crime, you must also register as a sex offender after release from prison. For many, registering as a sex offender can be an onerous task that stays with you long after your prison time is served.
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