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Karl Lagerfeld supports same-sex marriage in lesbian couture

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s veteran couturier, has shown his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in France by sending two models down a catwalk wearing couture bridal gowns.

He did that to cap Paris’ Grand Palais fashion show on Tuesday and also had a young nephew of his accompany the women models as they walked forward holding hands.

Models wear wedding gowns by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Models wear wedding gowns by German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection, presented in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.22, 2013.
Photo: Christophe Ena, AP

Francois Hollande plans to legalize marriage equality, and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children. But not everyone in France agrees that’s the way to go. On Jan. 13, hundreds of thousands of people marched in Paris to oppose such a law.

Asked if his use of lesbian couture at his show was designed to support same-sex marriage in France, Lagerfeld replied: “Of course it was.”

“I don’t even understand the debate. Since 1904 (in France) the church and state have been separate,” the German-born designer told The Associated Press. He said people who consider marriage a sacred religious union can continue that tradition in their churches, temples, synagogues and mosques, but that all religions should tolerate gay marriage.

However, Lagerfeld also said he opposes allowing gay couples to father children born through artificial insemination.

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