A woman who shares two children with her half-brother fights for the right to marry her sibling.
Ana Parra, from Barcelona, Spain, was abandoned by her father as a child.
Growing up, the mother of two knew she had a half-sibling, but didn’t meet Daniel until she was 20 years old.
She explained, “My mother told me that my father had left us to start another family and had another child.”
Curious to learn more about her extended family, Ana — who hasn’t revealed her age — tracked Daniel down on Facebook.
Ana Parra, from Barcelona, Spain, pictured her kissing her half-brother Daniel. The couple connected on Facebook after their father ran away from Ana and her mother
While the mother-of-two hasn’t revealed when they first met, Ana says there were sparks between her and Daniel from the start.
She said, “We didn’t want to realize it, we were mad at ourselves because it was hard to admit and break that taboo: we are siblings, even though we didn’t feel that way.”
Describing their first romantic interaction, the mother said, “We were partying, we slowly approached each other and gave each other our first kiss.”
However, the pair tried to pretend nothing had happened initially, but they couldn’t shake their undeniable chemistry.
Ana added: “We went our separate ways, we were a little embarrassed about what had just happened.”
Reflecting back on that life-changing night, Daniel said, “That kiss broke all barriers, marked a before and after, it was like a reality check.”
Despite their best efforts to stay away from each other, the pair met a few days later – and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
“Imagine you like a girl and you are forbidden to be with her for moral reasons.” said Daniel. “It’s really hard to deal with.”
The couple shares two children aged five and three. Ana and Daniel are now fighting for the right to get married in Spain
Although their children know that Ana and Daniel are half-siblings, the mother says they are ‘too young to understand’
While on vacation in London a few years ago, the half-siblings felt comfortable enough to act like a couple in public and then decided to open up about their relationship.
“That was the first time we can say that we acted like a real couple in public,” Ana said. ‘We went out to eat, we went for walks. It was like an explosion of freedom.’
Earlier this year, Ana and Daniel appeared on Spanish television to share their unlikely love story.
She explained, “We didn’t feel like telling everyone our story one by one, so we decided to tell it this way.”
The pair felt confident about going public with their romance after taking a trip to London a few years ago
The pair said: ‘We love each other and that’s what should prevail. We’re not harming anyone. That’s why we want people to know our story.’
The pair have been told by social media trolls that they will ‘burn in hell’ as a result of their relationship
However, the couple received a lot of criticism from online trolls.
Ana explained: ‘There are people who have written to us on social media telling us that we will burn in hell.’
That said, Ana and Daniel say they haven’t let the criticism affect their relationship.
The couple shares two children aged five and three. Although their children know that Ana and Daniel are half-siblings, the mother says they are “too young to understand.”
Now the couple is fighting for the right to legally marry in Spain. Despite the fact that consensual incest between adults is legal in their country, the Spanish Civil Code prohibits marriages between close relatives.
Ana said, ‘Societies need to move forward and not cling to traditionalism. Homosexuals were also not allowed to marry and now they are.
“We love each other and that must prevail. We’re not harming anyone. That’s why we want people to know our story.’