Father and daughter have child
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"I knew it was illegal, of course I knew it was illegal but you know, so what," John Deaves, 69, said of the relationship he has with his daughter, Jenny, 39.
The pair apparently reunited 31 years after Mr. Deaves separated from Jenny's mother, and felt attraction towards one another. Mrs Deaves said that "soon after reuniting with her father she began to see him as a man first and her father second. "
The pair have conceived two children together.
The first child died of a heart condition, but the second baby, Celeste, is a 9 month old girl who appears healthy and lives with her parents in Australia. Mrs Deaves also brought two children, Samantha and Alex, into the relationship after splitting from her former partner.
The couple, who went public with their relationship, say "We are just asking for a little bit of respect and understanding."
While I can only wish the best for their child, I cannot even begin to imagine the stigma she (or her half siblings) will grow up with, living with her parents.
A South Australian police media spokesman said "the couple is being monitored".
The Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby who wrote a critical piece about the 'pregnant man' recently interviewed on Oprah, sees this couple's story as just as another example of how aberrant sexual behavior is becoming increasingly tolerated within society. And in both cases, the child involved will likely grow up under constant public scrutiny.
What do you think? Should the Deaves be granted "respect and understanding" for their decision to have children, or is their relationship (in addition to being illegal) taking things way too far?