Jeremy Irons: Gay Marriage Could Lead to Legal Incest

Why couldn't a father then marry a son, he wonders

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 4, 2013 9:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jeremy Irons has some interesting ideas about gay marriage. If it's legalized, then "could a father not marry his son?" the Academy Award-winning actor asked in a Huffington Post interview. Sure, incest would presumably still be illegal, but in Irons' view, "it's not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed." In this hypothetical future, fathers could marry their sons in order to skirt taxes when passing on their estates to their sons-turned-husbands. Irons says he doesn't "have a strong feeling either way," although he also worries that gay marriage might "debase" marriage.

British actor Jeremy Irons poses on the Red Carpet at the premiere of the movie 'Night Train to Lisbon' in Bern, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.
British actor Jeremy Irons poses on the Red Carpet at the premiere of the movie 'Night Train to Lisbon' in Bern, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Keystone,Marcel Bieri)
Actor Jeremy Irons poses for a picture.
Actor Jeremy Irons poses for a picture.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)
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