The Oscar-winning actor provoked outrage when he expressed concern that the battle for equal rights could “debase” marital law, reports The Telegraph.

After saying he “doesn’t have a strong feeling either way” Irons asked “Could a father not marry his son?” He was reminded about laws which prohibit sexual relationships between family members, but went on to say: “It’s not incest between men”, adding: “Incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don’t breed.”

One twitter user commented that the interview with Huffington Post was “proof that a posh British accent is no indication of intelligence”.

Irons said he wished “everybody whose living with one other person the best of luck in the world because it’s fantastic. 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.”

On the debate about same sex marriage versus civil partnerships. Irons said: “It seems to me that now they’re fighting for the name,” he said. “I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that.”

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