Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.

Marriage is about bringing families together. What if they families that are being brought together are already related?

Recently, New York State’s highest court approved of a marriage between a half-uncle and a half-niece, citing it as legal and in no way in violation of the law. In the unanimous ruling, the Court of Appeals found that Rochester couple’s marriage is not considered incestuous under New York’s Domestic Relations Law due to the fact that the husband is the half-brother of the wife’s mother.

The ruling state that while parent-child and brother-sister marriages are viewed with universal horror, there is no comparably strong objection to marriages between uncles and nieces. Though in New York state, marriages between uncles and nieces or aunts and their nephews are prohibited under state law, there is no prohibition against relations between half-blooded uncles and nieces or aunts and nephews.

New York’s highest court found that while marriages between uncles and nieces or aunts and nephews are illegal under state law, there’s no prohibition on relations between half-blooded uncles and nieces and aunts and nephews.

The ruling stems from a federal immigration case in Rochester that involved the marriage of a then-19-year-old woman, Huyen Nguyen, in 2000. The woman was a citizen of Vietnam and married her 24-year-old half uncle, Vu Truong, who was a United States citizen.
The bride’s grandmother – Nguyen Thi Ba – was also Vu Truong’s mother. Vu Truong, however, had a different father than the bride’s mother.

Initially, a federal immigration judge ruled the marriage as bogus, ordering the bride to be removed from the country. However, a federal appeals court asked New York State’s highest court to review the case and determine whether or not such marriages were actually legal. The couple has now been married for 14 years and still reside in Rochester.

Despite their legal woes, the couple’s marriage has still lasted longer than average first marriages in the United States, which typically last just under a decade. Research has shown that marriages last longer when both parties marry at an older age, have an education, and are financially stable. However, in the case of the Truongs, love truly conquers all.