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A parent in New York is seeking to overturn the law to allow a parent to marry their own adult child. Legal papers were filed at the Manhattan Federal Court earlier this month as the parent refers to this legal right as a matter of “individual autonomy”.

According to court documents, the parties involved choose to remain anonymous as they also believe their request is “an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant”.

In their argument, the parent and child strongly stood their claim in court on April 1 stating: “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 New York Post, legal documents that were filed only provided the barest picture of the would-be newlyweds. No further information was given regarding their gender, ages, hometowns or the nature of their relationship.

What was clearly stated is that the proposed spouses are adults and are biological parent and child. They are also unable to produce children.

Under New York laws, incest falls under third-degree felony and is punishable by up to four-years in prison. On the other hand an incestuous marriage would be void and those involved face fines and spend up to six months of jail time.

The parent is seeking approval to walk down the aisle in New York City, and is asking a judge to declare the laws on incest as unconstitutional and unenforceable in their case. The lawsuit filed by the parents was referred to as “PAACNP” which stands for “Parent and Adult Child Non-Procreational” couples.

In their claim, they stated: "Parent-and-adult-child couples for whom procreation is either virtually or literally impossible can aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfilment in its highest meaning."

The parent says they would love to be able to propose to their child, but are not able to because of the “emotional harm” caused by the current laws. They also said that as such, it would diminish their humanity if they were unable to marry the kid they conceived.

Manhattan family and matrimonial law attorney Eric Wrubel said: “It’s never gonna fly.” He also noted the amorous couple in this case has not yet sought a marriage license and since they have not been denied any rights so far, the litigation is “premature.”

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