One of the only two gay regional leaders in Italy has said Dolce and Gabbana are in too ‘lofty’ position to understand homophobia kills.
Nichi Vendola, the president of Puglia and leader of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party, has said the fashion duo’s comments about children of gay parents was offensive.
Vendola said it proved Dolce and Gabbana cannot possibly understand the damage they are doing to Italian LGBTI youth.
‘I think that from their lofty social rank they don’t really understand what it means to say to live in a country where homophobia kills and the deficit of rights weighs on a lot of lives,’ Vendola told Chi magazine.
He also revealed that he would like children.
‘As soon as I’ve left the role of governor I will also reflect on whether to take on fatherhood or not,’ he said.
“It’s a thought that rests in a corner of my life and one which I have always pushed back. Certainly, I have always loved the world of childhood and I would like to write a book of nursery rhymes for children.’
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said he aims to legalize same-sex unions before May.
While Vendola has said he would love to get married, he said he was aware the Catholic Church was unlikely to waver its hold over its opposition to same-sex marriage.
Many politicians from both the left-wing and right-wing parties have agreed on the idea of civil partnerships, a bill or a debate has yet to be brought formally to parliament.