Clothing brand Dolce and Gabbana are facing calls for Macy’s and Debenhams to stop stocking their products. (Ethical Consumer)

The boycott call, and a petition signed by 43,000 people came after the brand’s founders made it clear in an interview in an Italian newspaper that they opposed same-sex marriages and gay parents, despite marketing to gay consumers.

In the interview Dolce said that “You are born to a mother and father, or at least that’s how it should be”, and went on to attack IVF and surrogate parents, saying “I call children of chemistry synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue” points agreed with by Gabbana who added “The family is not a fad”.

Campaigners have accused D&G of hypocrisy, bigotry and homophobia, and have urged the couple to “put labels on clothes, not children”.

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