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Sun Mar 29 08:08:35 SAST 2015

Everett slams gay parenting

©The Daily Telegraph | 17 September, 2012 00:09
Actor Everett attends the unveiling of the renovated tomb of Oscar Wilde at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris
Rupert Everett has spoken out against gay parents
Image by: CHARLES PLATIAU / Reuters

Rupert Everett has spoken out against gay parents and said he "can't think of anything worse" than two men bringing up a child together.

The star of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love blazed a trail for gay actors when he came out as homosexual 20 years ago. However, he has been criticised by gay rights groups after giving an interview in which he decried same-sex couples who have children.

The 53-year-old said his mother, Sara, had met his boyfriend but "still wishes I had a wife and kids".

"She thinks children need a father and a mother, and I agree with her. I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.

"Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion.

"I'm not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don't feel like I'm part of any 'community'.

"The only community I belong to is humanity and we've got too many children on the planet so it's good not to have more."

Campaigners claimed his remarks were reminiscent of those made by those who oppose same-sex marriages.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the campaign group Stonewall, said: "Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself.

"There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop."

Everett's comments were likely to cause rancour with gay couples with children, such as Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, who have a one-year-old son, Zachary.

In 2008, Everett apologised for calling soldiers "wimps".

Publicising his film The Victorian Sex Explorer, in which he played Sir Richard Burton, he said: "In Burton's day, they were itching to get into the fray. Now it is the opposite. They are always whining about the dangers of being killed.

"Oh my God, they are such wimps now!"

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