New York's highest court has ruled that a marriage between a half-uncle and his half-niece does not violate New York law.
The case involved a 19-year-old woman from Vietnam who married a 24-year-old naturalized American citizen. An investigation by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services uncovered that the man's half-sister was his wife's mother and an immigration judge subsequently ruled that the marriage was void and ordered that the woman be deported.
However, the New York Court of Appeals ruled this week that the marriage did not violate New York's laws against incestuous marriage. Why not?