Legendary country music singer Dolly Parton has announced her support for marriage equality in an interview with a British magazine.
Parton, a long time celebrity supporter of LGBTI rights told Event magazine, ‘I think everyone should be with who they love.’
‘I don't want to be controversial or stir up a bunch of trouble but people are going to love who they are going to love.
‘I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals,’ she added, jokingly.
Parton has been married to her partner Carl Dean since 1966 though there have sometimes been speculations about her sexuality.
Same-sex marriage is still illegal in her home state of Tennessee though the constitutionality of that is being challenged in the courts.
Her ‘Dollywood’ theme park hosts an annual ‘Gay Day’ for her LGBTI fans.