Biden drama: Is it okay to date your dead brother's widow?

posted by Ron - 

Tongues are wagging at gossip and political rags as word has surfaced that former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, is in love with Joe's widowed daughter-in-law (Joe's oldest son Beau died from cancer in 2015) Hallie.  

Beau, who passed in 2015, was married to Hallie for more than a dozen years, leaving behind she and their two kids, Natalie and (cringe) Hunter.  According to Page Six, the elder Hunter and his wife Kathleen, separated about five months after Beau's passing.  They have three daughters, themselves.  

In confirming the romance, Hunter told Page Six "“Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that’s been obvious to the people who love us most. We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.”

Papa Joe has apparently given his blessing to this arrangement.  He gave a statement to Page Six stating "We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”

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Someone asked me earlier what I thought of it all, and my initial reaction was to pause and think about it. We're not talking incest, here, obviously, but there is just a little something .... "different" about the spouse of a sibling finding romance with one of the other siblings.  There's actually a Biblical reference to this, called "Levirate marriage," which Wikipedia describes as "a type of marriage in which the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother's widow, and the widow is obliged to marry her deceased husband's brother."

Then again, old men were marrying pre-teen girls back then, so I'm not giving my blessing based on the mores and values of that era, either.  It just came to mind when someone asked my thoughts on the Biden family situation.

What do you think?  Is this "oogey" or is there something sweet about a grieving widow finding comfort in the arms of her husband's grieving brother?

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