Dolly Parton Speaks Out in Support of Gay Marriage

“I think gay couples should be allowed to marry. They should suffer just like us heterosexuals. Ha ha ha!"

Dolly Parton

Saying she didn’t want to “stir up a bunch of trouble,” Dolly Parton chose to speak out on gay marriage anyhow, saying “I think everyone should be with who they love,” adding with a laugh that gay couples “should suffer just like us heterosexuals.”

The Huffington Post reports:

"I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out," the singer, who was one of 12 children in a Pentecostal family living in Locust Ridge, Tenn., told Britain's Event magazine, per an article featured on the Daily Mail's website.

"I think everyone should be with who they love," Parton, 68, continued. "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. Ha ha ha!"

As HuffPo reports, Parton has been married to her husband for nearly 50 years, but has long been rumored to have had aromantic relationship with her close friend, Judy Ogle, a rumor Parton dispelled in 2012:

"Like Gayle [King], her friend, Judy, my friend ... they just think that you just can't be that close to somebody. Judy and I have been best friends since we were like in the third and fourth grade. We still just have a great friendship and relationship and I love her as much as I love anybody in the whole world, but we're not romantically involved."

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