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Jeremy Irons: Marriage Equality Will Cause Fathers to Marry Their Sons

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Gawker
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April 5, 2013
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Jeremy Irons gave an interview to Huffington Post Live yesterday and and the
64-year-old Oscar winner and one-time relevant actor had some interesting ideas about marriage equality. But did Irons take the chance to support the cause? Or to give your standard right-wing justifications as to why it should be illegal? No, no. He took a different approach altogether. For Irons, it's not an issue of equality or family values, but instead one of potential father-son incest, to avoid taxes.

"Tax wise, it' s an interesting [question]," Irons said. "Could a father not marry his son?"

When HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps correctly pointed out that there are laws against incest, Irons was undeterred, by reason or anything else. "It's not incest between men," he said, shaking his head. "Incest is there to protect us from having ...uh...inbreeding. But men don't breed. But men don't breed so incest wouldn't cover that. But if that was so, if I wanted to pass on my estate without estate duties, I could marry my son and pass on my estate to him."