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Jeremy Irons' gay marriage comments spur Stephen Colbert response (Videos, poll)

04/05/2013 by Corinne Heller

Jeremy Irons recently raised eyebrows over recent comments he made about same-sex marriage, in which he suggested that it could lead to dads marrying their sons to avoid inheritance taxes.

Naturally, TV comedian Stephen Colbert issued a counter-response on "The Colbert Report."

Irons, a 65-year-old British actor known for roles such as Scar in "The Lion King," was asked about the topic, which is currently being discussed in the Supreme Court, in an interview with HuffPost Live earlier this week.

"I mean, tax-wise is an interesting one because you see, could a father not marry his son?" Irons asked. "It's not incest between men. Incest is there to protect us from ... breeding. But men don't breed. So incest wouldn't cover that. Now if that were so, then if I wanted to pass on my estate without death duties I could marry my son and pass on my estate to him."

"I think the lawyers are going to have a field day with same-sex marriage. I just guess they are. I don't have a strong feeling either way," he added. "I mean, I just wish everybody who's living with one other person the best of luck in the world because it's fantastic."

"Spoken like a happily married man," HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps said.

"Yeah and also a man who has a dog that he loves," Iron said. "I mean living with another animal, whether it'd 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 I don't think matters at all."

Stephen Colbert's take on Jeremy Irons' take on gay marriage

Colbert offered his take on Irons' comments with a parody segment on his Comedy Central political comedy show, "The Colbert Report," on Thursday night.

"So, if gay marriage is legalized in England, Jeremy Irons' son Max, get ready to make your father the happiest man alive!" he said. "I mean, that for all you've been together for 27 years. It's time to put a ring on it."

"Thank you Jeremy Irons and please don't stop talking about the issues," he added. "Or do. I don't have strong feelings either way."

Irons, who has two children with wife Sinéad, played a gay man in the 2005 movie "Callas Forever." He talked about the film in an interview with the New York-based Downtown Express newspaper before it was released.

"I don't really believe that gender makes much difference when it comes to love, so I didn't have to research Larry's gay side," he said. "Obviously, I have gay friends. But if you love somebody, it doesn't make a difference if it's a man or a woman. Larry loved a person who just happened to be a man."

Watch Jeremy Irons' interview on HuffPost Live and Stephen Colbert's analysis of it below.

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