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Bobbi Kristina Brown Engaged to Adopted Brother: Is that Legal?

Whitney Houston is probably rolling in her grave right now. The late singer’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, recently confirmed that she’s engaged to her adopted brother Nick Gordon, Examiner.com reports.

Bobbi Kristina’s family is understandably upset about the bizarre engagement. It may be creepy, but is it illegal to marry your adopted sibling in Georgia?

Houston informally adopted Nick when he was 12 years old. Nick and Bobbi Kristina were then raised like brother and sister. Although the two were “always close,” their relationship “has evolved a lot” and they’re now “living like a couple” in Atlanta, a source told Us Magazine.

Bobbi Kristina announced her engagement on the new A&E reality show, “The Houstons: On Our Own.” Her family wasn’t having it. Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston, responds by saying the engagement is “unacceptable.” But is it illegal?

Under Georgia law, people who are related by blood or marriage can’t obtain a marriage license. The following relationships can’t be married in the state:

  • Father and daughter or stepdaughter
  • Mother and son or stepson
  • Brother and sister of the whole blood or half blood
  • Grandparent and grandchild
  • Aunt and nephew
  • Uncle and niece

Adopted siblings aren’t mentioned because they’re not related by blood or marriage. So Bobbi Kristina and Nick should be in the clear.

But could Bobbi Kristina’s family members put a stop to the marriage? Since both Bobbi Kristina and Nick are over the age of 18, they don’t need parental consent to get married and their relatives don’t have a say in the matter.

Bobbi Kristina has been in the news a lot lately due to her strange relationship with Nick. You can tune into “The Houstons: On Our Own” to see if the engagement sticks.

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