By Tony Perkins
“The only family is the traditional one.” “A child needs a mother and a father.” “The family is not a fad. In it, there is a supernatural sense of belonging.” If you thought these were quotes from FRC experts, think again. They’re the public statements of two openly gay fashion designers: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
The minds behind the world-famous D&G brand have been creating more controversy than clothing lately, as the duo comes clean about their surprisingly conservative views. “We oppose gay adoptions,” the couple has said in the past. “I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.” As expected, celebrities have turned on the pair with a ferocity that took the Italians by surprise. Singer Elton John has been the most vocal, calling Dolce and Gabbana’s thinking “archaic” and demanding a Tinsel town boycott of the popular line.
The backlash (one celebrity vowed to set her Dolce on fire) threw the designers for a loop. They’re learning, as we all have, that there’s no room in the Left’s debate for both sides. “I wasn’t expecting it,” Gabbana told reporters. “I wasn’t expecting it from someone like Elton John I used to think — and I stress ‘used to’ — was intelligent,” he continued. “What’s going on? You preach understanding. You preach tolerance. And then you put the knife in? All because someone else doesn’t see things your way? Is that supposed to be a democratic way of thinking? Enlightened? He’s ignorant, in the sense that he denies ways of seeing things that may not be his but are just as deserving of respect.”
It was a powerful statement — one that obviously hit a little too close to home. When it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more threatening to the homosexual political movement than homosexual people who tell the truth.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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