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Jeremy Irons: 'Marriage is About Procreation' — VIDEO


Actor Jeremy Irons who recently made headlines with his remarks that allowing gays to marry might mean that a father would marry his son for tax purposes, and that gay marriage would "debase" the institution, was asked about that comment by the BBC this week.

Irons responded with the current lead right wing homophobe talking point:

"Well it changes it, doesn't it. Marriage is about procreation, really. That's historically how it's always been."

Irons added later that he wishes he'd "buttoned [his] lip" about the issue.


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  1. No Jeremy, historically it's been about the transfer of property, namely the woman, from one man, her father, to another, her soon-to-be husband, so that he can be assured that any property she may begat, her children, can be ascribed to his list of acquisitions. Procreation happens regardless of marriage.

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Apr 18, 2013 4:55:56 PM

  2. Wow, what a moron. This guy is a total and utter moron. And no, lung cancer cases have gone DOWN for men. Sorry Jeremy, you're a total and utter moron. So vile. What a bully! Markt's comments have it right.

    Posted by: Dan Cobbb | Apr 18, 2013 5:03:20 PM

  3. I stopped listening after the first insulting "clarification." To hell with him.

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | Apr 18, 2013 5:13:21 PM

  4. Does this man never stop? He wants to button up but keeps on talking nonsense? Is he that desperate for publicity? Your career gone rocky, Jeremy? Will you do anything to get your name in print? Putz.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 18, 2013 5:26:15 PM

  5. Who?

    Posted by: Geoff | Apr 18, 2013 5:29:22 PM

  6. Ernie: ;-) thanks for your "support".

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 18, 2013 5:38:11 PM

  7. No his opinions are not fascinating they are idiotic.

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 18, 2013 5:45:54 PM

  8. Some actors are not smart enough to form a thought. Case in point Jeremy Iron. What he needs not only on set but in his regular life, a script. Because that's all he is good at reading someone else words.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Apr 18, 2013 6:47:28 PM

  9. @Mike W: Irons doesn't have to pay attention. He's an actor. He has to recite his lines convincingly. He doesn't have to really understand them, although that presumably helps.

    BTW, Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia has a scene in which two men liked each other so much that they swore never to be parted. The San Francisco Opera production (2011) staged it by including a same-sex kiss.

    Posted by: Bill (not the same one who posted above) | Apr 18, 2013 6:55:41 PM

  10. Marriage has always historically been about procreation.

    Since when is "3 or 4 weeks" considered "always historically"?

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 18, 2013 8:42:04 PM

  11. Irrelevant old goat. Next.

    Posted by: Lars | Apr 18, 2013 9:57:40 PM

  12. Guess we'd better outlaw straight marriage then, wouldn't want fathers marrying their daughters for tax purposes.

    Posted by: integral | Apr 18, 2013 10:06:06 PM

  13. So he wouldn't mind if I patted his bottom as we all need to touch when we feel like it....who knew he was such an Idiot?!?

    Posted by: Jaxtall | Apr 18, 2013 10:40:07 PM

  14. The 3rd season of the Borgias at least episodes one and two are awful about jumping the shark.

    As George Will has remarked the opposition to gay marriage is literally dying out.

    Jeremy Irons is no spring chicken.

    Oh and just to hurl a hurtful gratuitous insult at him (really his son) - his son's head has a funny shape!

    Posted by: Fahd | Apr 19, 2013 2:09:59 AM

  15. Shocking the world, Jeremy Irons proves he CAN fit a second foot in his mouth.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 19, 2013 4:10:31 AM

  16. No idiot Jeremy Irons, it is NOT about making babies. If it were only for procreation then we should not allow anyone who is infertile to marry, and we should require anyone who applies for a marriage license to be tested to prove fertility and to sign documents swearing to procreate on pain of losing their marriage certification. If its all about procreation we should not allow anyone over the age of 47 to marry. Jeremy Irons you imbecile, you have lost me as a fan forever. Shame on you, idiot

    Posted by: BamaGuy1024 | Apr 19, 2013 9:08:27 AM

  17. Like most homophobes, he doesn't want us to think of him as one.

    Posted by: Richard | Apr 19, 2013 10:10:54 AM

  18. So basically the man isnt allowed an opinion. However much you dont agree with something I am afraid he is entitled to it. Also isnt it a bit stupid throwing away his films Janice, you are watching them for the character he is playing, not the man.

    Posted by: Carolyn | May 16, 2013 1:50:58 PM

  19. Bigotry isn't "opinion", Sweet Carolyn. NEXT!

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 16, 2013 1:53:24 PM

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