Actor Jeremy Irons seems to have some trouble grasping exactly why people are upset over his remarks regarding same-sex marriage. Irons, 64, made remarks to HuffPost Live about legalizing same-sex marriage that show that he is about as far from understanding the implications of marriage equality as Neptune is from the sun.
Iron, though, stated on JeremyIrons.net, that him being anti-gay was “as far from the truth of me as to say that I believe the earth is flat.”
In a letter that has now shown up on other sites, Irons wrote that “Perhaps rather too flippantly I flew the kite of an example of the legal quagmire that might occur if same sex marriage entered the statute books, by raising the possibility of future marriage between same sex family members for tax reasons, (incest being illegal primarily in order to prevent inbreeding, and therefore an irrelevance in non reproductive relationships).”
He still thought that the argument was valid saying “I am clearly aware that many gay relationships are more long term, responsible and even healthier in their role of raising children, than their hetero equivalents, and that love often creates the desire to mark itself in a formal way, as Marriage would do. Clearly society should find a way of doing this.”
This whole brouhaha started after Irons wondered if same-sex marriage would lead to interfamilial unions being made legally marriage. He wondered “Could a father not marry his son?” Stephen Colbert took on Iron by quipping that “So, if gay marriage is legalized in England, Jeremy Irons’ son Max: Get ready to make your father the happiest man alive.”
Maybe Irons, if he actually reads this article, should consider this- interfamilial relationships have a power dynamic that is akin to that of a teacher to a student or a boss to an employee- but obviously more complex and lasts a lifetime. Part of the reason why marriages between two members of the same family are not allowed is not just the genetic component, but rather the abuse of power aspect.
You see, no matter how old children are, their parents exert a tremendous amount of power over them. An older sibling exerts a lot of power over a younger sibling as well. So the idea that a marriage between even same-sex siblings or same-sex child/parents is rather ludicrous. In fact, the argument is rather stupid.
So, Mr. Irons, your argument is absolutely and totally idiotic…and we have to wonder if your argument is this stupid- just what does that make you?