A German brother and sister are challenging the law against incest so that they can continue their relationship free from the threat of imprisonment. Patrick Stubing, an unemployed locksmith, and his sister Susan have had four children together since starting a sexual relationship in 2000. Three of the children are in foster care, and two have unspecified disabilities. The couple, who live near Leipzig, grew up separately and only met many years later. Their supporters say they will fight until incest is no longer regarded as a criminal offense, arguing that the law is out of date. **They say it harks back to the racial hygiene laws of the Third Reich and should be overturned in favour of freedom of choice and sexual determination. ** Detractors insist that incest should remain a social taboo, largely because of the risks linked to inbreeding and the imbalance in social relations it inevitably causes.
…Napoleon abolished France’s incest laws in 1810. Neither is it a crime in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal or Turkey, Japan, Argentina and Brazil have also legalised it in recent years.
What most bothers me about all of this is that Portugal a Catholic country, legalizes incest. Why would Portugal do so? Finally, it is interesting the three arguments that they use against the incest laws: it is similar to the racial hygeine laws, freedom of choice, sexual determination. :banghead: