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Jeremy Irons Worries That Giving Gays Marriage Might 'Debase' It, Says Father and Son Might Marry: VIDEO


Actor Jeremy Irons has concerns about same-sex marriage, he tells HuffPost Live:

"Could a father not marry his son?" Irons asked HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps. Irons argued that "it's not incest between men" because "incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed," and wondered whether same-sex marriage might allow fathers to pass on their estates to their sons without being taxed.

"It seems to me that now they're fighting for the name," Irons said of advocates for same-sex marriage as opposed to civil unions. "I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that."


Irons added that he wishes "everybody who's living with one other person the best of luck in the world."

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  1. Well, that explains why he canceled his appearance on Kathy Griffin's show.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 3, 2013 7:02:27 PM

  2. You should've just put a photo up of Scar before the jump because obviously that character is closer to reality than we thought.

    Posted by: aneas taint | Apr 3, 2013 7:02:46 PM

  3. How sad. I expected better from him for some reason.

    Posted by: Tom in SF Bay Area | Apr 3, 2013 7:05:37 PM

  4. Could not a mother marry her son or a father marry his daughter? The thought processes of these bigots is sooooo scrambled. And this coming from a man who's played a couple of gay guys--how uneducated could he possibly get? Seriously? Is it the scotch and cigarettes?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 3, 2013 7:05:49 PM

  5. Mr. Irons, you are an idiot. Under your reasoning, why shouldn't we worry about fathers marrying their daughters in order to pass their estates on to them without taxes? Or mothers doing the same to their sons? For what reason other than your apparent anti-gay bigotry would you suspect that such concerns should justify not allowing gays legal marriage status, when the exact same issue does not apply in your mind to straight marriages as a legal status?

    Posted by: atomic | Apr 3, 2013 7:05:50 PM

  6. Oh Jeremy Irons I am so disappointed. It sounds like he's new to the discussion and hasn't heard the stupid wingnut arguments before that he is now espousing. Sheer ignorance.

    Posted by: danswon | Apr 3, 2013 7:07:37 PM

  7. The burrrrns

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 3, 2013 7:10:19 PM

  8. Wow, I've always loved his work. This is really sad. :(

    Posted by: Leo | Apr 3, 2013 7:16:58 PM

  9. you could tell he was struggling to name reasons. sounds like a man who thinks gay men are icky and can't rationalize that when the camera's on.

    Posted by: brian | Apr 3, 2013 7:17:51 PM

  10. another white homophobe...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 3, 2013 7:18:20 PM

  11. Ooooh 3, 2, 1 and career over for mr. Jeremy Irons. Damn I actually liked him in every movie. Never mind everything will be forgotten after the customary apology.

    Posted by: Bryce Forestieri | Apr 3, 2013 7:18:38 PM

  12. i don't think there's a single father and son in the country that want to marry each other, thankyouverymuch.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 7:19:36 PM

  13. What is fun is how ridiculous bigotry sounds. I mean he seriously worries about Father's marrying sons to avoid taxes. How can you not just break out laughing.

    Posted by: Joey | Apr 3, 2013 7:21:45 PM

  14. My brain is tied in knots after listening to that windbag of idiocy. Note to Jeremy Irons: If you don't have feelings one way or the other about something, have given it no serious thought, yet have worries with no claim on logic whatsoever, spare yourself and everyone else the painful diatribe and keep very very quiet. He also looks like an ashtray.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 3, 2013 7:25:37 PM


    Posted by: Junior | Apr 3, 2013 7:26:12 PM

  16. Sorry his career should end for this. There's WAYYYY too many gay people who supported and were personally responsible (and I know this for a fact) for helping uplift his career and especially when he first started. This is startling.

    Posted by: Hugh | Apr 3, 2013 7:27:06 PM

  17. Let's not forget here that Jeremy Irons is British. The circumstances are different in the UK, where civil partnerships are the national policy, and the government does not discriminate against same-sex couples in civil partnerships. They are having a much more narrow debate in the UK than we are in the U.S.

    Posted by: Brian Stroup | Apr 3, 2013 7:27:22 PM

  18. This is beyond disturbing. It's damaging, hurtful to gay families and that he's using his celebrity to promote such fabrication and far fetched stretch about gay families is vile. Truly vile.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Apr 3, 2013 7:28:02 PM

  19. What is there to say? He's an idiot. Sucks because I recently bought the Die Hard film pack and now I'm going to think of him blubbering out this nonsense as I'm watching it. Paul Newman had it figured out...actors need to keep an air of mystique about them otherwise it makes it hard for viewers to see them as someone else. Now I'll just see Jeremy Irons the homophobe.

    Posted by: daws | Apr 3, 2013 7:28:13 PM

  20. So, 99% of incest is HETEROSEXUAL men who engage in intercourse with their child daughters, and heterosexual marriage prevents this how?

    Posted by: nick | Apr 3, 2013 7:28:21 PM

  21. I'm so SICK of this bull being accepted as a difference of opinion. If he had said this about ANY other demographic (literally ANY other demographic) there would be a massive national outrage.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Apr 3, 2013 7:30:19 PM

  22. @Brian: Being British doesn't excuse his complete nonsense about incest. Whatever debate they are having, he's having a separate, very confused one in his mind, and he comes off as a condescending heap of a-holeism.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 3, 2013 7:31:00 PM

  23. Christ, every state marriage law has wording to the effect, "...and not nearer of kin then second cousins...", etc... What an idiot, did not put the first iota of thought into anything he said.

    Posted by: nick | Apr 3, 2013 7:31:34 PM

  24. I am sure he has no problems with Woody Allen marrying Soon Yi.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 3, 2013 7:32:03 PM

  25. There is no excuse for what he said, and had a prominent actor said this about ANY other demographic (literally insert any demographic here) there would be national outrage. He should be ashamed of himself.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Apr 3, 2013 7:32:12 PM

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