Separated Twins Marry Each Other

  1. From Sky

    Twins separated at birth have married each other without realising they were brother and sister, it has been revealed.

    The British couple's marriage has now been annulled by the High Court after judges ruled the marriage had never validly existed.
    The identities of the brother and sister and details of how they fell in love and married are being kept secret.
    Soon after they were born they were separated and adopted by different families.
    Neither was told they had a twin and had no idea they were blood relatives until after their wedding.
    Professor Lord Alton uncovered the case when a High Court judge told him of a hearing he had dealt with.
    "They were never told that they were twins," said Lord Alton. "They met later in life and felt an inevitable attraction."
    Experts say their case reinforces the need for children to have greater rights to know the identity of their parents.
    Lord Alton believes the implications for in vitro fertilisation are huge - children conceived in this way can have as many as 10 IVF brothers and sisters.
    He warns that new reforms drawn up by ministers could undermine existing rights.
    The changes, now being debated in the House of Lords, would relax rules on who can have fertility treatment and clinics would be unable to bar single women and same sex couples from treatment.
    Critics say it will weaken further the link between children and their biological parents - and even effectively end the need for fathers.
    "The right for children to know the identity of their biological parents is a human right," he insisted.
    "There will be more cases like this if children are not given access to the truth. The needs of the child must always be paramount."
  2. OMG that is a total tragedy.
  3. :wtf: You just know someone will make a movie out of this story.
  4. Okay, terrific.
  5. that is so disgusting
  6. The shock and horror this must have caused them.
  7. I wonder how they found out..... I hope they didn't have children
  8. Oh that is just horrible... what are they doing now??
  9. It is really not clear to me how reducing the availability of IVF to same sex couples and unmarried women will reduce the incidence of this. That makes no sense. Who the heck pays $10k to get pregnant, and then gives the babies up for adoption? Seriously. Such a thin excuse.
  10. i dunno...if you know your adopted, wouldnt you check out your potential mate just in case?!
  11. ^^ What are the odds though? Especially if you didn't know you were a twin?

    Megs: The story is on the beeb as well, but not much more information. They're probably protecting the pair from press intrusion.

    A pair of twins who were adopted by separate families as babies got married without knowing they were brother and sister, a peer told the House of Lords.

    A court annulled the British couple's union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord Alton said.
    The peer - who was told of the case by a High Court judge involved - said the twins felt an "inevitable attraction".
    He said the case showed how important it was for children to be able to find out about their biological parents.

    Details of the identities of the twins involved have been kept secret, but Lord Alton said the pair did not realise they were related until after their marriage.

    'Truth will out'
    The former Liberal Democrat MP raised the couple's case during a House of Lords debate on the Human Fertility and Embryology Bill in December.
    "They were never told that they were twins," he told the Lords.
    "They met later in life and felt an inevitable attraction, and the judge had to deal with the consequences of the marriage that they entered into and all the issues of their separation."
    He told the BBC News website that their story raises the wider issue of the importance of strengthening the rights of children to know the identities of their biological parents.

    "If you start trying to conceal someone's identity, sooner or later the truth will out," he said.
    "And if you don't know you are biologically related to someone, you may become attracted to them and tragedies like this may occur."
    Pam Hodgkins, chief executive officer of the charity Adults Affected by Adoption (NORCAP) said there had been previous cases of separated siblings being attracted to each other.
    "We have a resistance, a very strong incest taboo where we are aware that someone is a biological relative," she said.
    "But when we are unaware of that relationship, we are naturally drawn to people who are quite similar to ourselves.

    'Incredibly rare'
    "And of course there is unlikely to be anyone more similar to any individual than their sibling."
    Mo O'Reilly, director of child placement for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, said the situation was traumatic for the people involved, but incredibly rare.
    "Thirty or 40 years ago it would have been more likely that twins be separated and, brought up without knowledge of each other," she said.
    Today, however, adopted children grow up with a greater knowledge of their birth families - and organisations try to place brothers and sisters together.
    If that were not possible, the siblings would still have some form of contact with each other.
    "This sad case illustrates why, over the last 20-30 years, the shift to openness in adoption was so important," Ms O'Reilly added.
  12. Very interesting, I'm really curious to know how they found out they were siblings.
  13. I can not imagine the horror of finding out the love of your life is your twin. Those poor people!
  14. oh my gosh.
  15. Wow, how sad and shocking for them. I wonder how they found out.