Jeremy Irons: If Same Sex Marriage Is Legalized, Fathers Could Marry Sons
Apparently Dr, Ben Carson isn’t the only famous person who sees problems with same-sex marriage. Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, in an interview with HuffPo Live host Josh Zepps, also crossed over the line of political correctness when he stated his concern that if same-sex marriage were legalized, there would be no law against a father marrying his son to preserve familial rights to property.
Asked about same-sex marriage, Irons replied:
It’s a very interesting one, that, and I don’t really have a strong feeling, but what I see … what we had in England, which was not marriage, but it was a union you could make if you were gay and you wanted to make a civil partnership … same rights but not the name … it seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name, and I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that. I mean tax-wise it’s an interesting one, because you see, could a father not marry his son?
Zepps responded that there are laws against incest.
Irons, not to be deterred, said:
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, and I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties, I could marry my son, and pass on my estate to him.
Zepps: That sounds like a total red herring. I’m sure that incest law would cover same sex marriages.
Irons: Really? Why?
Zepps: 'cause I don’t think incest law is only justified on the basis of the consequences of procreation. I think there’s also a moral approbation associated with incest.
After Irons disagreed, Zepps finally admitted that incest was taboo originally because of fear of inbreeding.
But when Dr. Ben Carson was on Sean Hannity’s show, he was pilloried for saying this:
Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [the North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.
Medical students at John Hopkins University started protesting Carson’s projected commencement speech and the leftist media attacked him. Slate’s Dave Weigel, who couldn’t even spell bestiality correctly, wrote of Carson’s quote, “The first time someone did, he took a sharp turn into Gaffe City.” Media Matters guru Eric Boehlert wrote on HuffPo that Carson “has suddenly been forced to defend his ‘trainwreck’ interview on Fox where he likened marriage equality supporters to people advocating pedophilia and bestiality.”
As of yet, Irons is simply excused as strange by the Left, since he is no political threat. But considering the Left’s tolerance of all things sexual, it is rather puzzling why they would view his comments as strange when in the same interview, he said, "Living with another animal, whether it be a husband or a dog, is great. It's lovely to have someone to love. I don't think sex matters at all. What it's called doesn't matter at all."