However, they have both been arrested and will appear in Auckland District Court tomorrow, charged with incest. Put aside the “eww yuck” comments for a moment and be objective about this.
See Sally was adopted and didn’t meet Kevin, who is her biological father, until she was 30. None of this is particularly important, as it is pretty clear there is no victim in this case. It is nobody else’s business. Remember they have BOTH been arrested and charged, in how many incest cases does THAT happen?
You might think it icky, but then again millions of people think homosexual relationships are icky.
About the only justification for the law against incest are in cases when the law on age of consent applies. The justification on the grounds of genetic illness can hardly be said to be fair, when it is perfectly acceptable for thousands with known genetic problems to breed and produce children that have a high risk of carrying a disease.
So I simply say the law on incest should be at least amended, to be irrelevant when both parties are over 18, or even better repealed. The law exists to protect children from predatory activity, and from those who are in the care of adults as well.
However don’t even expect any parliamentary party to want to stop Sally Shankland and Kevin Houlihan from going to prison, having a criminal record and being denied entry into several countries because their relationship is one other adults don’t approve of. Those (in Labour and the Greens in particular) who fight tooth and nail for same sex couples will be silent on this, will be silent as this couple get convicted and wont engage in this, because few people give a damn.
They wont engage because the prickery in the National party and other opposition parties will stir up hysteria about it, will claim legalising incest is legalising abuse and other complete rubbish.
So this is why the only way this argument can be raised is in the broader context of reforming criminal law, which mean repealing all victimless crimes.