Jeremy Irons questions the sanctity of gay marriage
Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 00:46
April 04 - Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons says gay marriage could lead to a father marrying his son to avoid taxes. No reporter narration.
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British actor Jeremy Irons is taking heat for remarks he's made about gay marriage. In an online interview with HuffPost Live, the Oscar winner asked if gay marriage laws could prompt a father to marry his son to avoid paying inheritance taxes. Irons worried that same-sex marriage could "debase or change what marriage is." The 64-year-old said that despite incest laws protecting people from inbreeding, "men don't breed, so incest wouldn't cover that." Towards the end of the actor's musings, he wished everyone who loved a person or a living thing the "best of luck" and that "living with another animal, whether it be a husband or a dog is great." His remarks provoked outrage from viewers who support gay rights, with Twitter users questioning his bizarre logic. Irons won the best actor Academy Award in 1990 for his portrayal of murderer Claus von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune." He currently stars as the corrupt Pope Alexander VI, paterfamilias of the 15th-century Italian clan on U.S. cable channel Showtime's "The Borgias."
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