A New York parent wants to marry their adult child—and they’re suing in an effort to make the union happen.
The “proposed spouses are adults” and “biological parent and child” who are “unable to procreate together,” according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court this month that seeks to overturn laws prohibiting the marriage.
The New York Post reported that the parent looks to stay anonymous in the court papers, given their wish to marry their offspring is “an action that a large segment of society views as morally, socially and biologically repugnant.”
Thus, it’s not known if the parent is a mother or father, or if the child is a daughter or son. It’s also not known how old they are or where they’re from, though the parent is looking to get married in New York City, the suit says.
Incest is a felony in New York state, while incestuous marriages are considered void and punishable by fines and jail time, according to the report. People looking to wed in the five boroughs have to declare there aren’t “legal impediments to the marriage.”
The parent behind the suit said it’s an issue of “individual autonomy” and that they’d “sustain emotional harm” if they tied the knot as a “Parent and Adult Child Non-Procreationable” couple under the current laws.
A lawyer for the parent didn’t respond to a request for comment from the Post.