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30. There are two opinions amongst the Apostolic Churches, regarding one’s eligibility to marry according to the degrees of relative separation:First Opinion: This opinion forbids marriage up to and including three degrees of separation, however approves of marriage according to the fourth degree. This is in following the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, and other canon laws agreed to and approved of by many Church heirarchs over the years. It is a practice followed by the Coptic and Syrian Orthodox Churches. Such approval was regarded as necessary in certain regions where Christian population had dwindled. Fourth degree relations were approved for the sake of maintaining the faith. Fourth degree relations include cousins, and can be explained as follows: my grandparents (second degree) gave birth to my uncle/aunt (third degree), and thus my uncle’s/aunt’s children (my cousins) are separated by four degrees. Second Opinion: The followers of the Emperor (Melkite followers of Marcian) forbade sixth degree elation marriages and approved of seventh degree relations. This opinion makes cousins marriage forbidden. Such is not acceptable to us (the Copts); furthermore, some of them, due to their own dwindling numbers in certain regions, violated this rule without distinguishing.St. Mary & St. Abraam Coptic Orthodox Church 1843 Ross Ave.; St. Louis, MO 63146; USA
Usually only Muslims would marry their first cousin, it is forbidden in all of Christianity upto the 4th and not really practiced upto the 6th ot 7th.
Cousin marriage is only dangerous in the First degree - anything further is very very unlikely