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April 4, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, star of The Mission and The Borgias, told HuffPost Live that he is a libertarian and sees unintended consequences following the legalization of gay marriage.

The 64-year-old said he “doesn’t have a strong feeling either way” on gay marriage but suggested it could be manipulated to allow fathers to pass on their estates to their sons without being taxed.

He said: “Could a father not marry his son?”

When reminded about laws which prohibit sexual relationships between family members, he responded: “It’s not incest between men”, adding: “Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed.”

The father-of-two said: “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.”

The host, Josh Zepps, responded that moral opprobrium would keep fathers from marrying their sons to avoid taxes. Which makes Zepps a Bible-thumber and a bigot, since moral opprobrium has no place in secular policy debates. Plus, you can’t legislate morality, or so we’re often told.

A gay rights group responded by confusing Irons with one of the roles he has portrayed on TV.

A spokesman for lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall, told Huffington Post UK: “Few people will agree with Jeremy Irons’ bizarre ‘concerns’ about equal marriage. Sadly his comments do seem to indicate he’s taken his role as a Pope in The Borgias a little too seriously.”

There are currently laws against incest, just as there are currently laws against polygamy. But upon what are those laws based, and will they withstand court challenges?

There will be unintended consequences to changing the nature of marriage, whether they take the form that Irons discusses or some other form. There are always unintended consequences to every policy or cultural change. I don’t know what those consequences will be, but there will be some. To deny that there will be some if we change marriage is to deny reality.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Probably the UK Stonewall person is too young to recall Iron's breakout role on the TV mini-series Brideshead Revisited in 1981. He played Charles Ryder, best friend of gay aristocrat Sebastian Flyte. Flyte engaged in alcohol-induced self-destructive behavior while clutching a Teddy bear to his slight bosom, while the heterosexual Ryder was a sympathetic and loving friend. This was, as far as I'm aware, one of the first times a gay person was a major character in a mini-series and did a lot of good for the gay rights cause.
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I feel that there are getting to be so many gay rights that they are actually gay privledges. White privledge was bad I guess gay privledge isn't somehow.

This case at the supreme court in about inheritance tax. They feel that it is unfair that their group has to pay more taxes than the rest of us. Didn't the left just vote to raise taxes on the 1%ers, but not the rest of us? Okay that a small group of people pay more taxes as long as it's not your group?

justice kagan refered to opposite sex-marriage the other day. I mean WTF! normal folks don't deserve a hyphen.
1 year ago
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He's right, considering he's coming from the libertarian perspective. If the government has no power to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples, then it has no power to restrict marriage based on number or relationship.

There are two leftist reasons for legalizing gay marriage. Per the sexual revolution, the government's job is to enable and incentivize any and all sexual behavior. In addition, homosexuals are a disadvantaged group, and the only way to prove you do not oppress a disadvantaged group is to support special treatment for the group. The people calling Irons a bigot aren't aware enough to realize that Irons has a completely different political worldview.
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How soon before I run off to Vegas with my ill Mom to get a quicky marriage, and save a bundle on inheritance taxes. So what if I'm married and my Mom is still married - who the heck are these bigots to get in the way of our happiness?
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"Bizarre" is politicized gayspeak for "normal."
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Many of the 'feel good' laws and regulations imposed by Congress, or upheld by the Supreme Court, have had unintended, as well as ill-considered, consequences. The problem is that once the laws are in place they are seldom, if ever, repealed. Some may lapse into disuse, but they remain on the books to haunt us.
1 year ago
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I'd never thought about that angle.
It's good trolling material.
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