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Jeremy Irons Says, I Am Not 'AntiGay'

By Lisa Costantini, Hollywood Staff

Oh, Jeremy Irons what are we going to do with you? In an on-camera interview with The Huffington Post, the British actor was asked his opinion on same-sex marriage. The 64-year-old - who has been married three times - said he worries that ''it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is.'' Really? From the guy who has had three wives?

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He goes on to ask ''Could a father not marry his son?'' But now he is saying that he was misunderstood. In a statement released to the British press the Emmy award winning actor says ''it has been understood that I hold a position that is antigay. This is as far from the truth of me as to say that I belive the Earth is flat.''

Below are the rest of his comments - because we would hate to take his words out of context.

"I was taking part in a short discussion around the practical meaning of marriage, and how that institution might be altered by it becoming available to same-sex partners. Perhaps rather too flippantly I flew the kite of an example of the legal quagmire that might occur if same sex marriage entered the statute books, by raising the possibility of future marriage between same sex family members for tax reasons, (incest being illegal primarily in order to prevent inbreeding, and therefore an irrelevance in non reproductive relationships). Clearly this was a mischievous argument, but nonetheless valid."

"I am clearly aware that many gay relationships are more long term, responsible and even healthier in their role of raising children, than their hetero equivalents, and that love often creates the desire to mark itself in a formal way, as Marriage would do. Clearly society should find a way of doing this."

"I had hoped that even on such a subject as this, where passions run high, the internet was a forum where ideas could be freely discussed without descending into name-calling.''

"I believe that is what it could be, but it depends on all of us behaving, even behind our aliases, in a humane, intelligent and open way."

What do you think about his statement? Tell us in the comments section below. But remember: ideas should be expressed freely without ''name-calling.'' Yeah right, who is he kidding?

Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaCostantini.

[Photo Credit: Eva Napp/WENN]

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