It was a Thursday morning when Mamamia staffer Helena* strolled into the office and declared she could marry her uncle.
If she so desired.
Which she most definitely… did not.
But I digress.
The reason she made this uncomfortable announcement is because she’d only just learnt a not-so-fun fact while completing a course to become a marriage celebrant so she could officiate her sister’s wedding next year.
While buried in her modules, she stumbled upon laws that are at best, surprising, and at worst, borderline creepy.
Because the rules in Australia around who can marry who are, actually, somewhat lenient.
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About half our workplace rolled their eyes at Helena – these educated humans already knew such laws existed. But the other half? Our minds were blown. And in case you fall in the latter camp, I felt it was my duty to clue you in on this très important information.
And that is this: It’s completely legal for someone to marry their uncle or their aunty.
You can also choose to marry your cousin… if you’re into that kind of thing.
“I didn’t realise that Australian laws allowed this sort of marriage. I mean you hear stories about people marrying their cousins – but I didn’t think it was an actual thing,” Helena said.