The New York Court of Appeals has unanimously overruled the state’s prohibition against marriages between uncles and nieces, saying that there was not a universal stigma against the marriages like the stigma against other incestuous marriages.
I was just teaching Mark 6:15 in my Adult Bible Study at church.
John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod Antipas because Herodias (his wife) demanded it.
Herodias was his (Herod's) brother's wife first and the brother was still alive, and John preached against that.
Herodias was also the niece of both of her husband's.
She was married off to the first uncle by her grandfather because she was orphaned when grandpa (Herod the Great, who had all the babies killed in an attempt to get Jesus) killed her father!
So he married her off to her deceased father's brother, her uncle.
Later, she left him for Herod Antipas, her other uncle for a better deal.
Of course he had to get rid of HIS wife to do that.
One thing leads to another.
John preaching against that, threatened her position. Herod regarded John and listened.
So she plotted to get rid of John the Baptist.
An opportunity came when her daughter did a lap dance for her uncle/husband and his friends at his birthday party.
After all, he was only her step-dad (being the daughter of the first uncle/husband).
Herod got so excited he said the daughter could have what she wanted up to half his kingdom (that half was probably her mom's half).
Mom said, "Ask for John's head" instead.
And she did.
Later, Herodias' first uncle/husband attacked the kingdom of her current uncle/husband and she and he lost all when he won.
Maybe marrying your uncle is not a good idea.
Next thing you know men will be marrying men, and vice versa.