Rupert Everett, an openly gay British actor, stated that he does not believe it is best for children to have two fathers.
Everett, who is currently playing Oscar Wilde in "The Judas Kiss" in London, has stated that he does not agree with two gay men bringing up a child. The comments have surprised many.
"[I] can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads," Everett told The Sunday Times Magazine. "Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That's just my opinion."
The opinion goes along with the traditional view that children need both a mother and father figure in order to achieve a happier and healthier life.
"Children want a mother and a father," Andrea Lafferty, President of the Traditional Values Coalition, told The Christian Post in an interview earlier this year. "Gender makes a very big difference."
Other groups have suggested similar viewpoints, saying that two men could both possibly be fathers, but reiterating that neither of them can provide the mothering a child needs.
"Two men might each be a good father, but neither can be a mum," the National Organisation for Marriage, an organisation in support of traditional marriage, said in a statement on its website. "The ideal for children is the love of their own mum and dad. No same-sex couple can provide that."
Rupert however established that he was not speaking on behalf of the gay community, which may disagree with his viewpoints.
"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," he said.
His mother Sara has also expressed that she would not want her son to have children with another man.
"In the past, I have said that I wish Rupert was straight and, I probably still feel that," she told the magazine. "I'd like him to have a pretty wife. I'd like him to have children. He's so good with children. He'd make a wonderful father ... But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I've told him that and he takes it very well."
Rupert Everett admits concerns about gay couples raising kids
Published 18 September 2012