High-end fashion designer Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have hit back over threats of a boycott following comments they made about gay couples having children.
As reported in The Guardian, the pair, who had been in a relationship together for 20 years before breaking up and finding new partners, commented that same-sex couples were not best placed to be bringing up children.
They also said that children born through IVF were ‘synthetic’ and that same-sex couples who used such measures were basically hiring ‘wombs for rent’.
Their comments spurred a storm of criticism, with Elton John, who with his ‘husband’ David Furnish has had two children using IVF, calling for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana.
Late last month, Mr Dolce released a statement insisting that, while his own family was ‘traditional’, this was not to ‘imply that I don’t understand different ones. I was talking about my personal view, without judging other people’s choices and decisions’.
In a statement released simultaneously, Mr Gabbana said, ‘We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love’.
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell also told The Guardian he was supporting the #BoycottDolceGabbana campaign, adding: ‘It is quite outrageous that two gay fashion designers, who have relied on the gay community for much of their success, are opposing gay equality.
‘They’re lining up with the pope and the far right in their support for legal discrimination.’