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Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld Backs Gay Marriage Law
Karl Lagerfeld has used the finale of his Chanel haute couture show in Paris to signal his support for plans to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption in France.
The German fashion designer sent two models dressed as brides alongside his four-year-old godson down the catwalk.
He later confirmed his intention backstage after the end of his spring 2013 show in Paris's vast Grand Palais.
"I do not understand why people who live together cannot have the same security as those bourgeois who are married," he said.
"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, thousands of people marched through the French capital demanding President Francois Hollande withdraw the reform bill and hold a national debate on the issue.
However, the government has said it is determined to submit the legislation to parliament and pass it by June.