In an interview with the Huffington Post, Oscar winner and star of the Showtime hit “The Borgias” Jeremy Irons raised concerns about the legalization of gay marriage, including whether it would open the door to incest.
"It seems to me that now they're fighting for the name," Irons said of same-sex marriage advocates. "And I worry that it means somehow we debase or we change what marriage is.”
He claimed same-sex marriage creates a slippery slope when it comes to taxation, and then posed a rather bizarre question: “Could a father not marry his son?”
The interviewer reminded him about laws against incest, but Irons shook his head. "It's not incest between men," he added. "Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed."
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Irons, 64, claims he has no strong feelings on same-sex marriage either way, but he worries that if a man married his son he could pass on his estate without it being taxed, avoiding what he calls “death duties” or as we know it here in the U.S. as “estate tax.”
He went on to talk about his happy marriage and his beloved dog in a way that seemed to suggest that he feels living with a pet would be a adequate substitute for same-sex marriage.
"Living with another animal, whether it be a husband or a dog, is great," he said. "It's lovely to have someone to love. I don't think sex matters at all. What it's called doesn't matter at all."
"Few people will agree with Jeremy Irons’ bizarre 'concerns' about equal marriage,” a spokesman for Stonewall, a U.K. charity for gay, lesbian, and bisexual rights, told the Independent.
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“Sadly his comments do seem to indicate he's taken his role as a Pope in The Borgias a little too seriously," he added.
Irons has been married to actress Sinead Cusack for over 30 years.
He also spoke out against New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban (and the previously passed smoking bans) calling himself a “complete libertarian.” He said the measure is “very dangerous” and leads to a “nanny state.”