An Irish couple are planning to defy the law and get married later this month, despite being brother and sister. Skip related content
pair, who already have a child together, have been warned that it is
illegal to marry a sibling but say they are determined to do so anyway
and spend their lives together.
The couple, who have assumed the
pseudonyms of James and Maura to protect their identities, claim they
were unaware that they shared a father when they first met and fell in
They say their attraction was so strong that within just
one week of meeting they felt that they had known each other for a
lifetime and within two years their son, Mark, was born.
to the Irish Mail on Sunday, 'James' explained that despite setbacks
they will be able to marry by the end of the month.
"We were aiming for Christmas but we have decided to do it sooner," he declared.
"Maura has got her wedding dress, we've ordered identical suits for myself and our son.
"It will be a very small wedding. We have two witnesses who we know very well and they know about our situation.
"I don't know whether our father will come or whether any of our parents will be there.
son is getting excited about the wedding. He knows what is happening.
As for Maura and me, it hasn't really sunk in yet that we're getting
When James' mother first learned who Maura's father was
she was shocked and told her son the disturbing truth about their
James and Maura explained that it was
only through DNA tests and constant questioning that they discovered
the full details of how they came to be half-brother and sister.
They say that in the '80s James' mother dated a man named Tom for five weeks and never told him she was expecting his child.
was in a new relationship by the time James was born and named this
partner as James's father on the baby's birth certificate.
when his true father returned four years later and questioned if
'James' was his, a complex court case denied him access to the boy.
stated, "The way I see it, if the system can know about things and hide
the facts, then I can do the same. They turned a blind eye and so can
"People can criticise and say it is not right but they should say the same about what was done to me in the family law courts."