Lagerfeld supports gay marriage in lesbian couture

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PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s veteran couturier, has shown his support for the legalization of gay marriage in France.

To cap Paris’ Grand Palais fashion show today, Lagerfeld sent two models down a catwalk wearing couture bridal gowns, accompanied by his young nephew.

Francois Hollande plans to legalize gay marriage and thus allow same-sex couples to adopt and conceive children.

Asked if his use of lesbian couture at his show was designed to support gay 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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