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Wednesday , January 23 , 2013
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Same-sex message

Paris, Jan. 22 (Reuters): Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld sent two models dressed as brides alongside his tiny godson down the catwalk today in a public show of support for the French government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.

The models and Lagerfeld’s four-year-old godson took the final bow at the German designer’s Chanel haute couture show before Lagerfeld gave voice to his opinions on the subject in an interview with Reuters after the show.

“I do not understand why people who live together cannot have the same security as those bourgeois who are married,” said one of the fashion world’s most successful designers. “Two women getting married, I find that natural, and having two mothers is a good thing.”

The French government's proposals have divided opinion and sparked huge protests both in favour and against.

Earlier this month, roughly half a million people marched through Paris demanding that President Francois Hollande withdraw the reform bill and hold a national debate on the issue.

However, the government said it remained determined to submit the legislation to the parliament and pass it by June.

Lagerfeld’s show was held as usual in the cavernous Grand Palais, which was transformed into a gigantic forest with towering pine trees surrounding a wooden amphitheatre where models strutted in white sand.

Tulips, roses, camellias and birds of paradise took centre stage at Chanel.