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Jeremy Irons doesn’t really get marriage equality

Hey, remember Jeremy Irons? He is that English actor with a voice like smooth butter toffee. I think he was the voice of Scar from The Lion King, who was admittedly the worst Disney villain ever because his plans were horribly short-sighted and inefficient, but still. That guy was Jeremy Irons.

Well, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Irons talked a little bit about the gay marriage debate, stating that while he doesn’t have any strong opinions either way, he thinks that it’ll lead to fathers marrying their sons. Consequently, I’m starting to see why he hasn’t really done any major movies in a while. Just a hunch here.

"Could a father not marry his son?” Irons asked HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps. Irons argued that “it’s not incest between men” because “incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed,” and wondered whether same-sex marriage might allow fathers to pass on their estates to their sons without being taxed.

"It seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name,” Irons said of advocates for same-sex marriage as opposed to civil unions. “I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that."

Irons reiterated that he “[doesn’t] have a strong feeling either way” on same-sex marriage, and said that he “[wishes] everybody who’s living with one other person the best of luck in the world, because it’s fantastic.”

Does anyone else get the feeling that Jeremy Irons has no idea what gay marriage actually is? Because so far, he just compared homosexuality to incest and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between marriage and civil unions, other than the fact that they’re named differently. All these years, I figured the guy was a genius, but it turned out he just has a really nice voice because he’s dumb as shit.

If someone actually sat him down and explained this to him, I kinda feel like he’d change his mind here since a lot of his argument stems from his own lack of insight on the matter. Still though, that definition of incest . . . That’s not how that works, right? Could someone back me up on that one? 

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