Dollywood, the country-style theme park in Tennessee co-owned by buxom crooner Dolly Parton, is in hot water this week after a lesbian couple spoke out, claiming park officials denied them entry because one woman wore a "Marriage is so Gay" T-shirt.
Olivier Odom says that when she and her wife, Jennifer Tipton, visited the park with their friend's young daughters, the guard at the entry gate told her she had to turn her T-shirt inside out. "He said it was a family park," said Tipton. "Families come in a wide range of definitions these days and we were with our family." Dollywood has a dress code stating that clothing deemed offensive or inappropriate must be covered or turned inside out.
"I was in disbelief. I didn't think it was the policy of Dollywood to discriminate against the LGBT community. I was curious what he found offensive about the shirt," Odom said in an interview. "If it was the fact that it had the word gay on it or that it was in conjunction with the word marriage." Odom did eventually turn her shirt and enter the park, saying she didn't want to cause a scene in front of the children.
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