Bil Browning

Couple Claims Discrimination at Dollywood

Filed By Bil Browning | July 28, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Dolly Parton, Dollywood, gay marriage, Jennifer Tipton, Joy Behar, marriage equality, Olivier Odom, pro-marriage t-shirt

Tennessee couple Jennifer Tipton and Olivier Odom are accusing Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, of anti-gay discrimination. A park employee asked Odom to turn her "Marriage is so gay" t-shirt inside out because the park is "family friendly."

Parton, however, has publicly said that she supports marriage equality. During an appearance on The Joy Behar Show, she was asked, "Would you say that you are pro-gay marriage?" by Behar, who noted that Parton's Southern roots might bias her against gay people.

"I know that's true," Parton replied. "I always say, 'Sure, why can't they get married? They should suffer like the rest of us do.'"


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twinkie1cat | July 29, 2011 3:36 PM

Dolly has always been pro-gay and last week said on Jay Leno she was not recognized at a Dolly Parton look alike contest. It included a lot of drag queens. I mean really, she looks like the ultimate drag queen even in her sixties. I am sure the employee did not know the rules.

I am troubled by Joy Behar saying that Dolly's southern roots might prejudice her. There are multitudes of bigoted northerners. Joy can be a little prejudiced against southerners at times and obviously has never lived in the South. To those who don't know, we are not all Republicans, racists, homophobes or other bigots. Just because we go to church and believe in God and Jesus Christ does not make us conservatives. We have lots of inclusive churches and even President Jimmy Carter was not a bigot. In some of the black churches most of the men in the choir are gay. Atlanta has 3 MCCs and churches participate in Gay Pride. In Baton Rouge the MCC is a major sponsor of Pride, which is held indoors by the way, due to the heat. There are also some other churches that are accepting, including some Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian USA ones. So don't stereotype southerners as conservatives. Who do you think designed all those antebellum dresses?????