I would certainly be very uncomfortable with a first cousin arrangement since this would be very close to the biblical prohibition.

Right before you all start slagging me of he's like my 3rd cousin and i hardly ever see him but recently we bumped into each other while i was out shopping and he invited me to go for a drink with him so we went to the pub and had a few drinks and you know when you get that butterfly feeling in your stomach when you really like someone?

well i got that and he gave me his number and i gave him mine and we ended up texting each other till the early hours of the morning then the next day was the same untill i couldnt take it anymore and i ran all the way to his house in the rain and when i got there he kissed me and we made love it was so romantic but i dont know how my family would react but i think i love him and he says that he's never felt like this about anyone before We are 3rd cousins thats not bad, Right?

Technically, this does not prohibit marriage to cousins.

The fuller prohibition has come partly from a desire to keep as far as possible away from something that is spoken of with such serious warning in scripture. As our society has become more numerous and diverse, it has become more repulsive to us to marry close to family. Cousins usually share a common set of grandparents (though it can be only one grandparent) and one-half of the genetic pool.

But what are you supposed to do when you’re actually attracted to someone, like your cousin?

This week on the message boards, y’all are discussing what you should do if you like your cousin: Sweet Sahara said: “I wouldn’t say it’s ‘wrong’.It has also become a joke to put down those who were considered to be from the sticks--that is, rural folks who did not know any better. Second cousins usually share a common set of great-grandparents and one-fourth of the genetic pool.Third cousins usually share a set of great-great-grandparents and one-eighth of the genetic pool.Flirting is perfectly fine, and fun, for that matter.Don’t take it a step too far and risk losing what you have now.”“Actually, it’s not considered incest between cousins.It’s not like you guys are siblings, but, however, it is odd.