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Dollywood Deems Gay Marriage Offensive

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One of our lifelong dreams is to make a pilgrimage to Dollywood, country superstar Dolly Parton's theme park situated just outside Knoxville, Tennessee. But now we might have a change of plans. Lesbian couple Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton visited Dollywood recently, and Odom wore a T-shirt bearing the slogan: "Marriage is so gay." A Dollywood employee asked her to turn it inside out. The AP reports: "Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens said on Tuesday that Dollywood is open to all families, but their dress code policy is to ask people with clothing or tattoos that could be considered offensive to change clothes or cover up... Odom said she complied so as not to make a scene in front of the children, but felt offended.
'That's what we found so offensive—that he said it was a family park,' Tipton said. 'Families come in a wide range of definitions these days and we were with our family.'" [AP]