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Jeremy Irons: 'It's Not Incest Between Men' (VIDEO)

Actor makes controversial comments when asked about fight to legalise same-sex marriage


Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons has been the centre of controversy following his response when questioned about legalising same-sex marriage.

The Elizabeth I actor was taking part in a HuffPost Live chat earlier this week, when he was asked for his opinion on the fight to legalise same-sex marriage in the UK and also in the US.

According to reports, he said: "It seems to me now that they are fighting for the name, and I worry that means somehow we debase or we change what marriage is. I just worry about that."

The British actor, who is father to The Host star Max Irons, also went on to talk about possible tax implications when it comes to legalising gay marriage, which led him on to inheritance tax and avoidance.

"Could a father not marry his son?" Irons asked host Josh Zepps, who answered, "There are laws against incest."

"It's not incest between men," Irons replied. "Incest is there to protect us from having inbreeding, but men don't breed, so incest wouldn't cover that."

Irons reportedly later tried to clarify his previous comments, as he said: "I don't have a strong feeling either way. I just wish everybody who's living with one other person the best of luck in the world, because it's fantastic.

"Living with another animal, whether it be a husband or a dog, is great. 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," he added.

Of the 64-year-old's comments, a rep for lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall has told The Telegraph that they were "bizarre".

Referencing Irons' character as Pope Alexander VI in 2011 television series The Borgias, they said: "Few people will agree with Jeremy Irons’ bizarre 'concerns' about equal marriage.”

“Sadly his comments do seem to indicate he's taken his role as a Pope in The Borgias a little too seriously."

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