TRENTON, N.J. — Following reports of an 18-year-old woman who plans to marry her own father and move to New Jersey where “incest is legal,” legislation will be introduced to ban sex between related adults in the state.
New Jersey Assemblywoman Pat Angelini said on Wednesday she will introduce legislation to ban adult incest in New Jersey, according to NJ.com.
This comes in response to a flurry of media reports in the past week that noted sexual relationships between consenting, closely related adults is legal in the state.
“Obviously, these types of relationships violate our acceptable moral standards and should be banned,” Angelini said in a news release.
On Tuesday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick told NJ Advance Media he expected the legislature to take up the issue in the near future.
“Any time you learn a father and daughter plan to get married, that has to be unacceptable,” Bramnick said. “It would appear to be against anything that’s acceptable in New Jersey.”
Angelini’s bill would make it illegal to marry or commit an act of sexual penetration with a blood relative. The crime would carry a prison term of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Incest was outlawed in New Jersey until 1979, when the state enacted a new criminal code that left a section planned for incest blank, NJ.com reported.
It is currently illegal in New Jersey for an adult to have sex with a closely related 16-year-old or 17-year-old.