In the United States , the legality of incest varies widely between jurisdictions regarding both the definition of the offense and penalties for its commission. In all but two states and the special case of Ohio, which "targets only parental figures" ,  incest is criminalized between consenting adults. In New Jersey and Rhode Island, incest between consenting adults 16 or over for Rhode Island, 18 or over for New Jersey is not a criminal offense, though marriage is not allowed in either state. New Jersey also increases the severity of underage sex offenses by a degree if they are also incestuous, and criminalizes incest with year olds the normal age of consent in New Jersey is Ohio allows incest between consenting adults only when one party is not a parental figure see table below to the other.
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Legality of incest in the United States
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The incest taboo is one of the most widespread of all cultural taboos , both in present and in past societies. In most cases, the parents did not have the option to marry to remove that status, as incestuous marriages were, and are, normally also prohibited. A common justification for prohibiting incest is avoiding inbreeding : a collection of genetic disorders suffered by the children of parents with a close genetic relationship.