Dolly Parton apologizes for Dollywood T-shirt controversy


Dolly Parton has apologized after a lesbian couple was discriminated against at her theme park Dollywood.

Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton, who were married last year, said a Dollywood employee refused them admittance to the park because Odom’s shirt included the phrase "Marriage is so gay". They were later allowed inside the park once Odom changed her shirt.

Parton issued the following statement to ABC News:

"I am truly sorry for the hurt or embarrassment regarding the gay and lesbian T-shirt incident at Dollywood’s Splash Country recently. Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome," said Parton in the statement. "I am looking further into the incident and hope and believe it was more policy than insensitivity. I am very sorry it happened at all."