Yesterday (29 March) ABC News named entertainer Marie Osmond as its Person-of the-Week. According to reporter Diane Sawyer, Osmond was given title because of recent legal arguments about gay marriage and Easter.
‘And this week, there has been so much talk of same sex marriage at the Supreme Court, and on this weekend, when the Christian religion focuses on renewal, our "person of the week" is Marie Osmond, who is telling us all lessons about living life we have not heard before
The 53-year old singer and actress is the mother of eight children. Her daughter Jessica is a lesbian and came out when she was 17.
‘My heart broke for her,’ Osmond said. ‘I think it’s easier now, but not as a 17-year-old. Not as a child, you know? And I still think there is judgment.’
Osmond is a a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her religion’s stance on LGBT people can be reduced to a ‘hating the sin, but loving the sinner’ perspective.
‘Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them,’ the Mormon church writes on its website. ‘With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.’
When it comes to her child, and others like her, Osmond’s view is a bit more expansive
‘I believe in our civil rights. As a mother, I think my daughter deserves everything that she desires in life. She’s a good girl. She’s a wonderful child. I don’t think god made one color flower. I think he made many.’
Below is a clip of the ABC News spot.