C.U.D.D.L.E. International, founded in 2002, is a privately funded organization dedicated to dispelling social prejudices and discriminating laws based on common myths about cousin marriages.
C.U.D.D.L.E. promotes tolerance, understanding and respect through education, advocacy, and conflict resolution.
- To continue extensive research on the issue of consanguinity
- To produce educational materials for all walks of life
- To bring about legislative reform in areas which do not currently allow cousin marriage
- To provide a support network free from harassment
- To provide referrals to legal and medical professionals
- To provide scholarships to cousin-couples and their children
C.U.D.D.L.E. International is a privately funded organizations. We rely on the generosity of individuals and corporate sponsors to produce educational materials, lobby against discriminating legislation, and hopefully in the near future, to sponsor college scholorships. We are not a non-profit organization, and do not receive any federal grants.
C.U.D.D.L.E. International prescribes to two fundamental theories, which unfortunately are not legal rights.
Because laws vary from one country to another, questions regarding whether donations are tax deductible should be directed to the professional who handles your income tax filings. However, all revenues and disbursements are updated monthly for our members to view, and all non-member contributors will receive a quarterly update via postal mail, provided we have a current address on file.
- That private citizens should be able to determine how their tax dollars are spent;
- That Governments should focus federal spending primarily on issues of national concern, public health and safety.
C.U.D.D.L.E. International is an activist organization. Our primary focus is on developing, producing and distributing educational materials in an effort to dispel the myths, social biases and legislative impediments about and against such marriages.
Secondarily, our organization encourages members to forge and foster friendships with others in a safe environment. We recognize that any significant change in society's perception of cousin marriage will come as the result of a united front, a group effort.
C.U.D.D.L.E. International is dedicated to protecting its members' personal identities, and will never reveal names, addresses, or other identifying information without express conscent of the individual, except where as may be required by law.
C.U.D.D.L.E. International respects the right of its members to receive timely and accurate accounting of all donations and other revenues and dispersements.
Except where otherwise noted, all written material and graphics contained on this website is copyright Christie A. Smith, 1999-2002. No portion of this website may be copied, printed, or otherwise used, for personal, private or commercial use without written consent of the author, unless noted on the page of origin.
C.U.D.D.L.E. International wishes to express appreciation to the following individuals:
- David Faithfull, for his kinship chart
- The "troll" contained in our no-troll-zone graphic is believed to be royalty free and in public domain. If anyone has any knowledge to the contrary, please contact the administrators. We will immediately give credit to the copyright owner or remove the image.
- Map of US, and the world atlas map used in our logo, are from the free collection at graphicmaps.com, modified
- International maps for future use courtesy of Cartographic Research Laboratory
- Lederberg letter © Joshua Lederberg 1977, reprinted with permission
- Marriage statutes are copyright of the state or country from which it originates.
- Message board and Guestbook entries are the joint property of the author and C.U.D.D.L.E. International. Such posts may be used for promotional or educational material by C.U.D.D.L.E. International. Use by any third party requires permission of the original author.
- Petition scripts developed by KC for use by C.U.D.D.L.E. International, and may not be used, edited or altered in any way for any purpose without his express permission.
- Images on merchandise in our CafePress Storefront (c) 2002 Christie Smith.
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