(ETH) – A parent in New York wants to marry their own child and has filed a lawsuit to overturn current laws in place that prohibit the incestuous practice, in the name of “individual autonomy.”
According to the report, the parent is wishing to remain anonymous because their request is “an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant,” according to the reported court papers. “Through the enduring bond of marriage, two persons, whatever relationship they might otherwise have with one another, can find a greater level of expression, intimacy, and spirituality,” according to the parent in the Manhattan federal court claim filed April 1st.
The Legal papers are only providing the least amount of information about the would-be newlyweds and don’t identify their gender, ages, hometowns, or the nature of their relationship. “The proposed spouses are adults,” the filing says. “The proposed spouses are biological parent and child.
The proposed spouses are unable to procreate together.” Incest has been considered a third-degree felony under New York law, and punishable by up to four years behind bars, and incestuous marriages are also considered void, with the spouses facing a fine and up to six months in jail.
The parent has desired to walk down the aisle in New York City and is requesting that a judge declare the laws unconstitutional and unenforceable in their case, which the lawsuit dubs “PAACNP” for “Parent and Adult Child Non-Procreationable” couples.
“Parent-and-adult-child couples for whom procreation is either virtually or literally impossible can aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning,” the forebear argues, claiming it would “diminish their humanity” if they were unable to tie the knot with the kid they conceived.