Last week a lesbian couple from Tennessee claimed they were discriminated against while visiting Dollywood, a theme park funded and imagined by country music legend Dolly Parton. Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton said they were walking around the park when an employee asked Odom to turn her T-shirt, which read "Marriage is So Gay," in favor of marriage equality, inside-out. The employee reportedly told the couple that the shirt was inappropriate because the park is "family-friendly."
Park officials quickly explained that gay and lesbian families are more than welcome at the park, but now, after the story picked up in the blogosphere, Dolly Parton herself has decided to speak out about the incident. On Friday she released a statement to ABC News:
I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian t-shirt incident at Dollywood's Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome. ... I am looking further into the incident and hope and believe it was more policy than insensitivity. I am very sorry it happened at all.