Jeremy Irons uses the gayest excuse yet to oppose gay marriage

Jeremy Irons uses the gayest excuse yet to oppose gay marriage.

Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has provoked outrage by suggesting that same sex marriage laws could allow fathers to marry their sons to avoid paying inheritance tax.

He also expressed fears that the battle for equal rights could “debase” marital law.

The 64-year-old said he “doesn’t have a strong feeling either way” on gay marriage but suggested it could be manipulated to allow fathers to pass on their estates to their sons without being taxed.

He said: “Could a father not marry his son?” 

When reminded about laws which prohibit sexual relationships between family members, he responded: “It’s not incest between men”, adding: “Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed.”

The comments prompted astonishment on social networking sites.

One Twitter user wrote: “I hate when people say they don’t have strong feelings about something then proceed to spew offensive and ignorant ones.”

Another said the interview was “proof that a posh British accent is no indication of intelligence”.


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