Six Americans raised by gay parents sent signed letter to designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for their comments supporting the traditional family.
The traditional family "is not a passing fashion," Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama. "It contains a sense of belonging to the supernatural."
"We haven't invented the family," Dolce added. "It's not a question of religion or social status, there's no turning over a new leaf: when you are born, you have one mother and one father. At least, that is how it ought to be. How do you tell a child who their mother is [in a world] of rented wombs [and] catalog sperm? Not even psychiatrists are prepared to confront the effects of these experiments."
The letter, which was written and signed by the children of gay children, offered support for the designers, who came under a great deal of backlash from public figures such as Elton John and Ricky Martin. Yet other celebrities such as Zoe Saldana have offered support to Dolce and Gabbana.
We "want to thank you for giving voice to something that we learned by experience: Every human being has a mother and a father, and to cut either from a child's life is to rob the child of dignity, humanity and equality. We know that you will come under tremendous pressure, especially now when both Italy and the United States are being pushed to override our concerns for our rights to a mom and dad, in order to please a powerful gay lobby," the letter's writers said.
"Nobody receives more vicious attacks from the lobby than those who come from the gay community and question its policies: children of gay couples just as much as the gay men who defend them (like the two of you). You have shown yourselves to be extremely brave. You have given us great inspiration as all six of us prepare to submit letters to the US Supreme Court against gay marriage," the letter added. "We want to praise your courage and thank you for your inspiration, not to surrender when the backlash grows in intensity."