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Scottish Parliament Forced to Consider Legalizing Incest

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And you thought politics in the United States were crazy! We've got nothing on the Scots.

Due to a "legislative quirk," the Scottish parliament was forced to debate legalizing incestual relationships between consenting adults. 

The mandatory debate was held today due to a petition submitted by Australian Richard Morris. The Scottish parliament must consider all petitions which propose a law change.

Morris defended his position in a written statement: 

Public fears, prejudice and bigotry about ACI [Adult Consensual Incest] are mostly due to ignorance created over many years mostly by the church and church-influenced governments and newspapers, in much the same way as public fears and bigotry about homosexuality were created.

In general, societies have a tendency to target isolated individuals and to attack anything perceived to be different as a threat.

But, even in a nation where the men wear skirts, the legalization of incest didn't get far. As BuzzFeed.com reports:

The committee immediately threw out the petition on the basis that there is “no indication that there is any desire” to legalise incest in Scotland.

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