Woman Learns She Married Her Brother

Take a note: The next time you get married, first check your pedigree chart and that of your future spouse.

A Brazilian woman got quite the surprise when she went on a radio show this week to reconnect with her long-lost mother. Adriana, 39, who gave no last name, went on Brazilian Radio Globo’s The Time Is Now (which helps people find lost family members) and talked to her mother for the first time. The big news: Adriana had a brother who’d been given up as a child and raised by a relative, just like Adriana was. Bigger news: His name was Leandro, just like Adriana’s husband. The two men, in fact, had the same last name. “I don’t believe that you’re telling me this,” said a sobbing Adriana, the Daily Mail reports. “Leandro is my husband.”

The couple has a 6-year-old daughter.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/OzSeMA.



Julia French Wood August 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

Pehaps DNA testing should be required before obtaining a marriage license. They do require DNA testing in Iceland because the area began with a very small population and all the, current, residents are related. The DNA test is to determine how closely the prospective bride and groom are related. If they are too closely related, the license is denied.


Christine Hollister, Ed.D. August 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I always read your posts with great interest. Thank you for sharing this very interesting article. Sad for the couple. But the headline is misleading, since the article reports that the couple were never married.


I do not think the headline was misleading. In Brazil, it is not uncommon for couples to not legally register their union. But the fact that they live as a married couple, are seen as a married couple by their community, and have a child together means that in Brazilian society, they are married. The emotional ramifications of their relationship certainly are those of a marriage between brother and sister.


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