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It should definitely be legal. There is literally no reason why two or more people shouldn't be able to love each other and participate in a consenting relationship. The only remotely plausible argument against incest is "inbreeding causing deformed children", which, in itself, isn't a very strong argument, and it only covers heterosexual incest, as of course, homosexuals cannot create children. There are plenty worse situations that have a higher risk for this to happen: the woman being over 40, having genetic disorders in either parent's genetic code, being a teen, using drugs/alcohol etc. With just plain incest, the risk only raises a few measly percentages from a non-incestuous childbirth, a change so small, it just doesn't even matter. There is only one, extremely rare case where there can be problems, and that is having a long line of incestuous children, spanning several generations, which is highly unlikely to happen in this day and age. Plus, we have several methods of contraception that can help reduce the chance of pregnancy any further, and if the incestuous couple wants children, they could just always adopt. We have way too many people on this planet anyway.
They should definitely leave us alone.
Some people think we are not old enough to make these "important decisions". We young people are human beings with working brains. The reason why there are so many std cases and teen pregnancies out there is because the very people against this are either too lazy, ignorant, and/or selfish to actually sit down, educate us about it, and make sex protection easily available in locations where we wouldn't find too embarrassing to visit. (Like a vending machine if you needed to sell them).
And if they decide to not protect themselves, and they get pregnant or get STD it's their fault, and they should have to suffer the consequences.
Some of them also don't realize that this "nobody under 18 (or 16) can have sex law" can contribute to depression, or low self esteem, like if the cops actually do arrest the male in the relationship for sex, and it was not rape and they both love each other.
However, in my opinion, the current age of consent laws should be replaced, with a more, anti-ageist approach:
1. The base of this law would be section based. There is a lower age section (13 - 17) and a higher age section(18 +). There also is a small combination in the middle for cases like a couple where the male is 17 and the female is 16 and the male turns 18 while the female remains 16 (16-19).
2.Nobody will be able to legally have sex with people in different age groups. (This prevents adult on minor abuse, which will still be illegal.)(EX. A 13 year old can have sex with a 17 year old, but can't have sex with anyone older.)
3.Because of either undetailed sex education or biased education("No sex until marriage." Done.) There should be a license for the minor group to have sex, to show that they have basic knowledge about it, and getting assurance that they really want to risk all the risks. These could be taken at schools, doctor's offices, or special sex clinics.
I believe that there are similar age of consent laws like this in Japan(minus the license) (The only place I know of) and they have some of the LOWEST teen pregnancy rates in the world. (SOURCE: http://www.unicef.org/pon96/