Dolly Parton says she supports same-sex marriage

Country music star and long time LGBTI rights supporter Dolly Parton has announced she supports the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry

Dolly Parton says she supports same-sex marriage
29 April 2014

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Maria Miller: Making gay marriage law shows how 'society has evolved'

As the same-sex marriage bill goes to Queen Elizabeth II to be signed into law in England and Wales, the Equalities Minister reflects on the UK government's 'tremendous achievement'
No thumbnail available

France fines three Twitter users for 'burn the gays' hashtag

First time a French court convicts over anti-gay abuse on the social network
No thumbnail available

Archbishop Welby in more secret talks with gay Christians

LGBT Christians have met the new head of the Church of England. And gay Christians are also meeting with bishops in Nigeria and Kenya, it has emerged
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Kathy Griffin shares how she will be different from Joan Rivers on Fashion Police

'I’m more improvisational and I don’t know what I’m going to say and neither does anyone else on the panel'
No thumbnail available

8 incredible safaris you’ve only seen on TV, until now

Slip alongside ‘water unicorns’, watch polar bear cubs emerge in the world for the first time, join 300 elephants at a watering hole, or see a real-life march of the penguins
No thumbnail available

Chennai Pride is non-corporate and inclusive

Chennai Pride in India this month spurns corporate sponsorship and works to include all socio-economic groups
No thumbnail available

Antwerp submits to onslaught of sporty gays and lesbians

As host of World Outgames the city of Antwerp proves a lively destination for the world’s LGBT sports teams
No thumbnail available

Actress Michelle Rodriguez publicly - and casually - confirms she is bisexual

'I've gone both ways. I do as I please ... Men are intriguing. So are chicks'
No thumbnail available

Anderson Cooper returns to the air after emergency appendectomy - revisits giggle fit

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360