Dolce & Gabbana Sing A Different Tune, Put Same-Sex Families On Handbags

The designer duo has previously spoken out against surrogacy, in vitro and same-sex parenting.

Last year, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabba got in hot water for railing against same-sex parents and surrogacy.

“The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus,” the billionaire couturiers told Italy’s Panorama magazine in March 2015.

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But as Italy debates gay marriage and adoption, the duo have done a 180 and put same-sex couples with children on their new handbags.

This week Gabbana posted photos of handbags and t-shirts adorned with childlike drawings of family groups of two men or two women with children of various ages.


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On one post, Gabbana wrote “People change and change their ideas.”

Demonstrations have been held across Italy this month, both in favor and opposing a bill that would offer some rights to same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples—including the right of gay people to adopt their partner’s biological children.

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