Dolce & Gabbana defend comments after boycott calls

The fashion magnates said gay couples shouldn’t adopt children and that children born of in-vitro fertilization are ‘synthetic.’

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Celebrities including Elton John and “Glee” executive producer Ryan Murphy have started a massive campaign to boycott fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana following comments from the company’s founders. The founders have responded in brief statements that feel more like defenses than apologies.

In an interview with Italy’s Panorama magazine, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said they oppose gay couples’ adopting children or using in-vitro fertilization techniques.

“I call children of chemistry synthetic children,” Dolce said, according to a translation in The Telegraph. “Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalog.”

Gabbana added, “The family is not a fad. In it there is a supernatural sense of belonging.”

Both Dolce and Gabbana are gay.

John posted this to Instagram to register his dissatisfaction with the comments:

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