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Twin brother, sister marry one another

BY ELLEN TUMPOSKY in London and JONATHAN LEMIRE in New York
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, January 11th 2008, 2:26 PM

In a remarkable and disturbing twist of fate, British twins who were separated at birth met, fell in love and married without knowing they were brother and sister.

After their true identities were revealed, the star-crossed bride and groom were granted an annulment that ended a marriage that defied staggering odds of at least a billion-to-one.

The bizarre tale has gripped the U.K. since a London newspaper lifted the shroud of secrecy.

The twins were separated soon after birth and were adopted by different families in England, The Evening Standard reported.

It was not immediately known how the pair met, and the couple did not learn of the real nature of their stunning relationship until weeks after their wedding date. The twins' identities have not been revealed in an effort to protect them, a government official said.

A special High Court Family Division hearing allowed them to receive an annulment, which decreed their marriage never validly existed.

Chris Atkins of the organization Adults Affected by Adoption said that although such cases are unusual, the attraction between the twins is not surprising.

"There is a phenomenon called genetic sexual attraction," Atkins said, noting that people tend to be attracted to people with similar likes and dislikes, sense of humor and even looks.

"That happens with people who are not related," she said. "If siblings meet who are not aware they are biologically related, to all intents and purposes they're going to think, 'This is my ideal match.' "

The extraordinary case also could reignite a long-simmering debate in Britain over the right of adopted children to know the identity of their biological parents, the Evening Standard reported.

"There will be more causes like this if children are not given access to the truth," said Prof. Lord David Alton, who uncovered the twins' case last month.

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