At first glance, Angela Peang and Michael Lee look like nothing more than your average newlyweds who are deeply in love. But take a closer look and you'll see a few similarities in their appearance that are quite striking.
That's no coincidence, however, as the Peang and Lee are first cousins... first cousins who recently got married in Colorado who are now fighting to have their unconventional marriage recognized in their home state of Utah - a state that has a complicated history in the marriage department.
According to CBS News, the first cousins have gone as far as to create an online petition in hopes of having 1,000 people sign off on it (the minimum number of signatures needed in order for the state to recognize their marriage license).
But the story doesn't begin here. In fact, this love affair has been going on for quite some time...
In an interview with CBS News, Peang explained that she loved her cousin (her father's sister's son) since the second grade, saying that their relationship was "really natural." The two would often play a lot and at times even go off into a closet to dance and kiss.
When Lee told his mom that he was going to marry Peang as a child, she told her son that they couldn't marry because of natural reasons, but that didn't stop the two lovers. Over the years, their strong bond continued to grow throughout their teenage years when they were caught kissing by their famil.
"We got in trouble," Peang said. "After that we were kind of kept apart."
The cousins went their separate ways as the years passed, got married to other people and had children of their own before the star-crossed lovers could return to each other's embrace.
"We felt a lot of love and missed each other over the years," Peang said of their reunion. "We decided that we were just going to be open with our love. It was really scary to think about how our family would react because they are conservative Mormons... we thought we might be excluded."
Before Peang and Lee got married, Peang talked to her children about it all. While her youngest child was okay with it, her older children were not as eager to accept their first cousin once removed as their new step-dad, calling the relationship "wrong" and "weird."
And Peang's children aren't the only ones who have come around to the idea of accepting her marriage with Lee, as at least 621 people have signed off on the petition since they were married in Colorado on March 4.
What do you think about all of this? Have you come around to the idea of first cousins tying the knot?
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