Catholic League attacks ‘homosexual’ Tom Ford over penis pendants

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The anti-gay Catholic League has mocked gay designer Tom Ford for launching a range of penis-themed pendants in the shape of a cross.

The fashion designer launched the $790 (£505) designer pendants this week – which are available in gold and silver. There are three different options; small penis pendant, medium penis pendant, and large penis pendant.

However, the product launch has enraged some conservative religious groups – with Bill Donohue of the Catholic League launching an attack on the designer’s sexuality.

The anti-gay group’s leader said: “When we learned of this item, I said to the staff that I bet this guy Tom Ford is a homosexual. I was right. He even thinks he’s married.”

Mr Ford, a 53-year-old fashion designer who also directed film A Single Man, revealed earlier this year that he had married his 66-year-old partner Richard Buckley. The pair have a son, Alexander.

Despite backlash online he has continued to promote the product, tweeting: “The Penis Pendant. Comes in small, medium, and large. Men’s jewelry.”

One Twitter user told him to “rot in hell”, while another said: “How dare you use a phallic symbol in the Christian cross! You insulting piece of trash! HOW DARE YOU!”

The Catholic League recently insisted it will continue a boycott of Guinness, months after the firm pulled sponsorship from New York’s St Patrick’s Day parade over a ban on gay groups.

Mr Donohue claimed: “We should remember that this corporate bully tried to shove its secular agenda down our throats by punishing the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade for not allowing gays to march under their own banners in 2014; it pulled its sponsorship.”