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Jeremy Irons Wonders: ‘Could a Father Not Marry His Son’ if Same-Sex Marriage Were Allowed


Renowned English actor Jeremy Irons raised questions regarding the ramifications of same-sex marriage in a HuffPost Live interview. Saying he didn’t have “a strong feeling either way,” Irons wondered if allowing same-sex marriage would open the door for a father to marry his son in order to transfer property without paying taxes.

“It seems to me that now we’re fighting for the name, and I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is,” Irons said. “I just worry about that. I mean tax-wise it’s an interesting one, because, you see, could a father not marry his son?” When host Josh Zepps said incest laws would prevent such a relationship, Irons countered: “It’s not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed, so incest wouldn’t cover that. Now if that were so, then if I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties, I could marry my son, and pass on my estate to him.” Irons added that “lawyers are going to have a field day with same-sex marriage.”

Irons, who called himself “a complete libertarian,” also lashed out at New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “nanny state” and bans on smoking and large sodas. “It’s an attitude where the governors think, ‘We know what’s best for people, and they’re so stupid they will only not do it if we ban it,’” he said.


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