A married couple who are first cousins are expecting a baby boy in the coming months - but could also expect to wind up behind bars for having the child. Michael Lee and Angela Peang, from Eagle Mountain, Utah, could face up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines for having the baby as it is illegal for cousins to have intercourse in the state.
Peang is currently five months pregnant with the couple's child and is expected to give birth in May. Her father is the older brother of Lee's mother.Last March, the couple drove across state lines to Grand Junction, Colorado, so that they could get married, because it would have been illegal for them to marry in Utah.
The pair, both 38, are set to appear in an upcoming episode of WeTV's 'Extreme Love,' and will discuss having the baby and the test they took to determine that there would be no disabilities.
'We had to do our due diligence because everyone was saying to us, 'No, don't do that,' and 'It's so risky and irresponsible,'' Peang explained to the New York Post. 'So we did genetic testing and found out it was OK for us to parent together.'
The couple were ecstatic when blood test determined that they could have a child. 'It was such a relief,' Peang added. 'Now we are planning for a wonderful future together.'
Peang - who has three children from a previous marriage - shared that the couple's huge sexual appetite helped with the conception of their child.
'We have a strong attraction and it's very mutually satisfying,' she said. 'You have the erotic side, the friendship side, the family side and the spiritual connection.'It's a supercharged relationship.'
The couple do post updates about their lives on YouTube and shared last year in May that they had actually suffered a miscarriage.They recently shared videos of their second ultrasound visit. The couple share that their love began with a crush in second grade but they only decided to make things official after reuniting following 10 years apart.
They now say they do not care what the rest of their family thinks. The couple had to travel to Colorado to exchange vows, because they would only be allowed to get married in Utah when they are 65 years old - or 55 years old if they can prove they are infertile.First cousins share 12.5 percent of their DNA, research from Columbia University shows.
It means their children face a up to a seven per cent chance of their child having a genetic disorder. For the average couple, it is between three and four per cent.The couple have a petition to get the law in Utah regarding first cousins and marriage changed.