Cousins start petition in hopes of being able to marry each other

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (WTHR) — A Utah couple, who are first cousins, is petitioning for the right to get married.

They argue that their love shouldn't be limited just because they are related.

The pair say they've loved each other since childhood, ABC4 reported. After 10 years apart, the two have reunited.

Angie Lee told ABC4, "We said OK this is crazy but we're adults now, we're single now, we're just going to go for it and who cares what our family thinks."

Angie and Michael have started a petition to overcome Utah law that states it's illegal for first cousins to marry unless they are 65 years old.

"My first cousin and I have been in love with each other our whole lives but we are prohibited from marrying in the state of Utah where we live. We believe that the law is outdated and it needs to be changed so that we can socially legitimize our love," the petition reads.

Because there is no such law in Colorado, the two went there to tie the knot.

The petition is in hopes of changing what the couple calls an "antiquated" law.

"We would like to have enough exposure to where we can go into a congressman or senator, someone with political clout and present a case sound enough to get the law changed," Michael said.

The petition requires 1,000 signatures. As of Wednesday afternoon, it had 76 supporters.