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English actor Rupert Everett says he can't think of anything worse than being raised by two gay dads, outraging the gay community and supporters of same sex parenting.
In an interview with the 'Sunday Times Magazine' the 53-year old said he agreed with his mother, who believes a child needs a mother and a father.
Everett made clear that his opinions were his own, and that he wasn't speaking on behalf of the gay community.
"In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community’," he opined. "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."
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Ben Summerskill, from gay advocacy group Stonewall, roundly rejected Everett's comments.
"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," he told media.
Everett's comments come at at time when families with gay or lesbian parents are becoming more common, and more visible in Hollywood.
Everett's fellow celebrities, Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, are the parents of one-year-old Zachary, while Christine Marinoni, the partner of Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, gave birth to their first child in 2011.
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In Australia same sex adoption is legal in the ACT, NSW and WA, where the first legal Australian adoption by two gay men took place in June 2007. Surrogacy is another option for gay men and lesbians who either can't or don't want to go through pregnancy wanting to start a family.
Everett, who has starred in Hollywood films including 'My Best Friend's Wedding', 'An Ideal Huband' and the 'Shrek' sequels, came out in 1989.
The actor has a history of courting controversy with his outlandish comments. In 2008 he was compelled to apologise after calling British soldiers "wimps".
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