Current and Near Future Campaigns
New Hampshire's state representative Anne Grassie intends to reintroduce her bill to revoke the law banning cousin marriage in her state next year. She needs our help to educate her committee and other legislators in her state regarding the truth about cousin marriage. Producing such educational materials is our primary focus. Brochures and booklets are currently being written, but we will be facing some expenses in getting them printed and distributed. If you would like to contribute, please visit our contributions page and donate to our "general fund". Every dollar counts!
Letter from Anne Grassie.
Hi Christie,Also, in 2003 C.U.D.D.L.E. International would like to campaign for legislative change in the state of Nevada. This will be the first state in which we will initiate such a campaign, and have chosen Nevada for a variety of reasons:
It's nice to hear from you again. Unfortunately I can't introduce this bill again in this biennium. We have a two year session and bills defeated in the first year have to wait for a new legislature. I can however keep trying to educate my committee. Any help would be welcome, as my constituent is still waiting to get married. I also get other inquiries about when this might happen, because there are people who would like to get married here for sentimental reasons. Keep in touch. Anne Grassie in NH
----- Original Message -----
From: C. Smith
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2002 4:50 PM
Subject: Bill on cousin marriage
I hope you will remember me. We corresponded last year when you introduced a bill which would permit first cousins to marry. At the time, I was co-editor of cousincouples.com.
I have left cousincouples now, and am developing an organization called C.U.D.D.L.E. International, (Cousins United to Defeat Discriminating Laws through Education) which is located on the web at http://www.cuddleinternational.org.
Anyway, I was wondering if you intended to re-introduce the bill again this session? If you are, I'd like to offer to put together a packet of information which you might find helpful.
Oh, and I do hope you and your family had very happy holidays :)
If you live in a state where legislation is being introduced regarding cousin marriage, please let us know so we may become involved.
- Nevada, particularly the city of Las Vegas, is known as the marriage capital of the world. In the year 2000, 123,902 marriage licenses were issued in Clark County, NV, and appeared to be increasing in the following year. Within the first six months of 2001, well over 75,000 licenses had already been issued.
- Nevada is one of only 6 states which prohibits not only first cousins, but first cousins once removed. There is an enormous amount of the American population, not to mention international visitors to NV who are not allowed to marry in that state, regardless of being legally eligible to marry in their own state.
- Nevada's economy, particularly Clark County, relies heavily on tourism. After the events of September 11, 2001, Nevada's economy took a serious hit. The city of Reno, which also depends on tourism, was also seriously affected. Legislative changes to allow cousins to legally marry in Nevada may have a positive affect on the local economy.