Jeremy Irons is finding out that being an idiot about same-sex marriage is not a good idea, and now feels that he should have “buttoned” his lip over the issue. Earlier this year, Irons was asked about same-sex marriage, and wondered if it would lead to fathers marrying sons.
Irons told the BBC that “I think gay marriage is wonderful. I think any reason that holds anybody together in a relationship is great. If it works as glue, if it makes you feel better, if it makes you feel you love your partner more, it’s great.”
Irons also explains that he had not really given much thought to the issue before he made the comments on The Huffington Post.
The Oscar-winning actor is currently starring in the tv show “The Borgias”. He also provided the voice of Scar in “The Lion King”.
During the earlier interview, Irons stated “Could a father not marry his son?” He posited that incest would not be a problem between men because “incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed.” He did say that he did not have any strong feelings about the issue.
He also stated “It seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name. I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that.”
Despite what Irons posited, romantic and sexual relationships between members of the same family have a dynamic that is often easy to abuse and leads to problems with the idea that anyone could actually enter into a consensual incestuous relationship.
Irons’ statements caused a lot of derision and mocking overall.
Claims of a ‘slippery slope’ leading to the legalization of incest and bestiality should same-sex marriage become legal has been a constant theme among those anti-gay groups pushing to keep same-sex relationships illegal.