Despite this safety net, the Bible constantly commands its people to look after the vulnerable in society, especially widows and orphans. Love is all very well but the practicalities have to be attended to.
A widow or divorced woman wanted to be independent, not at the mercy of a husband who might or might not provide for her and her children.
Back in history the practice of cousins dating and marrying one another was relatively common due to the type of society that individuals lived in.
president married his fifth cousin, once removed, Eleanor Roosevelt.
The two met as children but become close at a party at the White House hosted by the president at the time, and shared relative, Teddy Roosevelt. The author of the eerie “The Island of Dr Moreau”—a science fiction novel about a doctor who creates human-like beings out of animals—did some dangerous mixing of genes in his own life and married his first cousin, Isabel Mary Wells.
The inspiration for the “Winnie the Pooh” character Christopher Robin is the author’s real son, Christopher Robin Milne.
Milne married his first cousin Lesley de Selincourt, but has said the two never met in childhood.
Dating a relative within the nuclear family is prohibited in many places while many people find themselves attracted to people who enter the family by other means such as when a divorced parent marries someone new and the daughter of one parent and son of the other develop romantic feelings for each other.
In this case the two people are not related by blood so most family members do not really consider this to be dating a relative at all.
Grace, 23, and Dylan, 24, of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, are cousins who are married with two young children, while Alexis, 20, of Charleston, South Carolina, is six months pregnant with her cousin Andrew's baby.
During the episode, which aired on Thursday at midnight, Grace and Dylan try to make amends with their family before moving to Los Angeles, while Alexis pleads with her family for money to bail out Andrew, who is in jail for burglary.
This is especially the case if the two people met as older teenagers or young adults and never lived under the same roof.