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Dolce & Gabbana Backtrack on Same-Sex Parenting Comments: 'We Believe in Freedom and Love'

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the two men and former couple behind the Italian luxury fashion house Dolce & Gabbana, have responded to the controversy surrounding their latest comments on "non-traditional" families, the AP reports:

Dolce & gabbanaGabbana said in a statement Sunday that "it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."

Dolce says he was expressing his view about family based on his experience growing up in a traditional Sicilian family "made up of a mother, a father and children. I am very well aware of the fact that there are other types of families and they are as legitimate as the one I've known."

Dolce said he was expressing his personal views "without judging other people's choices."

The controversy began following a recent interview with the Italian magazine Panorama in which the two indicated that "the only family is the traditional one" and that children born through in vitro fertilization were "synthetic" - views that naturally didn't sit well with many.

Wrote Elton John on Instagram:

How dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic". And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana

Other big names have also spoken out against D&G:

Back in a 2006 interview with an Italian newspaper, Domenico Dolce expressed similar views saying:

I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. A child needs a mother and a father. I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother."

Catch any celebrities who have joined the D&G boycott that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Update: More celebs speak out 


Elton John, Martina Navratilova Say #BoycottDolceGabbana Over Designers' Comments Against Same-Sex Parenting

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Elton John, Martina Navratilova and others are calling for a boycott of the Dolce and Gabbana fashion brand following yesterday's news that designers (and one-time couple) Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were again speaking out against same-sex parenting and had labelled children born through IVF "synthetic."

"The family is not a fad," Gabbana declared to Panorama magazine according to a Google translation of Spanish outlet ABC. "No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed."

Procreation “must be an act of love,” added Dolce. Children born through artificial insemination or egg donors are “children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog.”

John, who has two children born through IVF with husband David Furnish, responded with a fiery Instagram post writing:

John_furnishHow dare you refer to my beautiful children as "synthetic". And shame on you for wagging your judgemental little fingers at IVF - a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfil their dream of having children. Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana

The Telegraph reports:

D&gThe row deepened when Gabbana, in an apparent response to Sir Elton's criticism, posted a picture (right) on Instagram of a child with its arms wrapped around its mother with the hashdags #dgmamma #dgfamily.

When a friend suggested that Sir Elton needed to "calm down", the designer agreed and accused him of being intolerant.

"It is simply arrogant not to tolerate those who think like him! poor thing!" he wrote.

He added: "We live in a democratic country and respect the ideas of others."

Out tennis legend Martina Navratilova is also joining the boycott, tweeting:

Italian LGBT news outlet LGBT news Italia has called for a boycott of the D&G brand as well. 

Update: D&G have apologized and the list of celebs joining #BoycottDolceGabbana grows.


Elton John Blasts Georgia's Anti-LGBT 'License to Discriminate' Bill as a 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'

In a new op-ed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Atlanta resident Elton John is speaking out against the state's proposed anti-LGBT "license to discriminate" legislation and warning the bill could open the door to even greater stigmatization and discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS.

John writes:

JohnI’m proud of the progress we have made, particularly in the South, in treating people living with HIV equally and compassionately. But we still have a long way to go. People living with HIV are still discriminated against in Georgia, and indeed, all across the United States. The rates of HIV/AIDS among LGBT people of color and low-income people remain disproportionately high, especially in the South.

That’s why I’m so opposed to SB 129.

Simply put, this bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It promises religious freedom, but let’s be clear: No one’s religious freedom is at risk! Both the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution very explicitly protect this right.

What SB 129 will really do is institutionalize the hate some people hold in their hearts against other people. It will turn back the clock on the progress we have made — not only in the fight against HIV, but also in the struggle for a more equal and just society.

Read the full op-ed HERE

The bill passed the Georgia Senate last week. A similar House bill remains in committee.


Elton John and David Furnish Are Married!

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As expected, Elton John and David Furnish celebrated 21 years together with an intimate wedding ceremony at the couple's Windsor home on Sunday. 

Wrote Elton on the caption to the above photo: "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony! 
#ShareTheLove @DavidFurnish"

The 67-year-old singer set up an Instagram account for fans to share in the special day's celebration. Sons Zachary and Elijah were the ring bearers.

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Elton John and David Furnish Might Be Getting Married Next Week

UK's Mirror is reporting Elton John and David Furnish are set to finally tie the knot in a "small and intimate" ceremony next week.

Via The Sydney Morning Herald:

JohnThe couple is said to have invited just 50 of their closest friends and family to their home in Windsor, England to watch them exchange vows.

They will tie the knot on December 21st: a celebration of their 21 years together, and the anniversary of their 2005 civil partnership. 

The move comes after Britain passed legislation on Wednesday to allow couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages.

The rumoured guest list includes Victoria and David Beckham, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Elizabeth Hurley. 

John, 67, and Furnish, 52, met in 1993. The singer told Parade magazine they "fell in love very quickly" and work hard to keep their relationship strong.

Their young sons Zachary and Elijah will be the ring bearers.

Last September, Elton chatted with Ellen about his wedding plans (and his desire to have a slice of Liam Hemsworth on the side). Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Elton John Takes a Tumble Out of His Chair At Charity Tennis Match: VIDEO

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At a charity tennis match at Royal Albert Hall in London over the weekend, Elton John experienced a bit of on-camera chair malfunction.

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