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    Marriage Equality: Snoop Lion Says Frank Ocean Coming Out Won't Change a Thing in Rap; Jeremy Irons Responds to Uproar

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    While he supports the LGBT community and its push for marriage equality, color Snoop Lion skeptical that gays will ever be fully accepted in rap music. 

    When asked by the U.K.'s Guardian if R&B singer Frank Ocean's coming out last year was a step in ridding hip-hop of its homophobic tendencies, the rap superstar formerly known as Snoop Dogg suggested it would be a difficult task given the macho gangsta community he hails from.

    "Frank Ocean ain't no rapper," Snoop told the newspaper. "He's a singer. It's acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don't know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine. It's like a football team. You can't be in a locker room full of motherf--king tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, 'Hey man, I like you.' You know, that's going to be tough."

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    Snoop was quick to note however that he personally doesn't have a problem with gay people. 

    "I got some gay homies," he added with a laugh. "Yeah, for real. People who were gay used to get beat up. It was cool to beat up on gay people back then. But in the '90s and 2000s, gay is a way of life. Just regular people with jobs. Now they are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black."

    Snoop meanwhile isn't the only celebrity who's been wading into the issue of gay rights.

    Jeremy Irons posted an open letter on his website clarifying the remarks he told HuffPost Live last week when he offered up some rather controversial thoughts on the tax implications of legalizing same-sex marriage and how that would affect inheritance.

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    "Could a father not marry his son?" the Borgias star suggested. "There are laws against incest."

    While Irons later clarified that he didn't have a "strong feeling either way" on the matter and sent his best wishes to "everybody who's living with one other person," the remarks drew criticism online.

    As a result, the Oscar winner posted his statement setting the record straight that in no way does he hold a position that's "anti-gay."

    "This is as far from the truth of me as to say that I believe the earth is flat," said the 64-year-old thesp.

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    He continued: "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."

    Irons went on to add that he recognizes "many gay relationships are more long term, responsible and even healthier in their role of raising children, than their hetero equivalents." He also believes that gay couples should be able to honor their love "in a formal way, as Marriage would do."

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