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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
"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
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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