The legendary fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been outspoken against gay marriage and their recent comments have caused an outpouring of disgust from many well-known musicians, actors, designers and the general public. Stating that raising a family is meant to be something that occurs between a man and a woman they commented that a same-sex couple using IVF treatment, sperm donors or even adoption to start their own family was unnatural, calling these children “synthetic”.

Fury quickly took over the Twittersphere with big names such as Elton John calling for a boycott of the brand. Courtney Love and Ryan Murphy, amongst others, have also condemned Dolce & Gabbana for their comments and, though there has been a public apology released, the iconic designers have made themselves very clear in their own beliefs. Christian groups and parents of gay children have sent letters of support to Dolce & Gabbana, thanking them for speaking out against gay marriage.

Just yesterday, London LGBT groups and supporters held a protest outside the Dolce & Gabbana store, attracting media attention. There is also a backlash from many couples, gay and straight, who have used IVF treatment to have their children.

Dolce & Gabbana defend their comments and their right to freedom of speech but have also said that they do respect other people and their choices. Upholding that democracy and freedom of speech mean that people are entitled to express their own opinions, Dolce & Gabbana stand firmly by their views.

As various celebrities make their opinions on same-sex marriage known on the web, Irish citizens will have the chance to make their voices heard this summer. Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage will take place on May 22nd.

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