Gay film star Rupert Everett has voiced his opposition to gay marriage, and revealed he has received death threats for his views about same-sex parenting.
In recent weeks Mr Everett criticised gay couples who have children, saying he agrees with his mother who thinks kids need a mum and a dad.
He has since received hate mail, including death threats, and he says he has taken “evasive action”.
In an interview for The Guardian Weekend magazine, he says he opposes gay marriage, because he thinks all marriage is a “waste of time”.
He criticised gay couples who “want to ape” what he regards as a disastrous institution.
He also questioned why same-sex couples would want to get married in a church.
Mr Everett made his comments about gay parenting in an interview for The Sunday Times magazine. He said he could think of “nothing worse” than being brought up by two dads.
At an event promoting his latest volume of memoirs, the actor talked about hate mail and death threats he has received on the back of his comments.
Gay rights campaigners have attacked Mr Everett’s remarks about gay parenting.
Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of homosexual lobby group Stonewall said: “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.”
Rupert Everett defended his comments on same-sex parenting, saying he’s “not against anybody doing anything.”
In an interview on ITV’s This Morning, he said it was his personal opinion.