Karl Lagerfeld supports marriage equality with couture


By Anna Peirano

Designer Karl Lagerfeld has used his platform in fashion to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in France by sending two models wearing couture bridal gowns down the catwalk. 

During Tuesday’s Paris Grand Palais fashion show, the models walked forward holding hands, accompanied by Lagerfeld’s four-year-old godson. The trio took the final bow at the German designer’s Chanel haute couture show. 

According to the HuffingtonPost, when asked if his use of a lesbian couture couple was designed to demonstrate his support of gay marriage in France, the designer replied, “Of course it was.”

“I don’t even understand the debate. Since 1904 (in France) the church and state have been separate,” Lagerfeld 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.

“I do not understand why people who live together cannot have the same security as those bourgeois who are married,” he told Reuters. “Two women getting married, I find that natural, and having two mothers is a good thing.”

French President Francois Hollande has made clear that he intends to pass marriage equality legislation as early as June of this year. However, earlier this month, over 340,000 people marched through Paris demanding that the president withdraw the bill. 

Click here to see a slideshow of Lagerfeld’s most recent bridal couture collection. 

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