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A Texas-sized Table Of Consanguinity For FLDS Members

Despite a slow start, the Texas court charged with protecting the children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  sect under scrutiny for polygamous marriages and sex with underaged children moved forward with DNA testing.  Apparently, they're trying to construct a table of consanguinity since the children and the (real) parents haven't been forthcoming with their actual family relationships.

It's an exercise in genealogy.

The Court is wise to identify the children and mothers, but ultimately the fathers will have to be tested, too, if there's going to be any sense to the family trees the law enforcement officials are developing.  Some 437 children are being tested in this one event, and the Associated Press reports that as a state, Texas usually conducts no more than 1,000 tests in a single year. 

The consequences of the testing will reveal several things, primarily parentage.  It's the math, however, that may land some of the male adults in jail.  If, for example, a very young child, say five years old, is found to have a mother who is presently 18, then the father of that child, as revealed by DNA, will likely end up in jail as a matter of practically irrefutable proof. 

And with it, the new phrase of consanguinity is entered into the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.

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