Country star Dolly Parton has apologised to two lesbian women after her Dollywood Splash Country theme park objected to one of them wearing a pro-gay marriage t-shirt.
Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton visited the park in Tennessee last month where Odom was asked to wear her t-shirt, which declared “marriage is so gay”, inside-out so that she wouldn’t offend other visitors.
The woman agreed to do so in order to not cause a scene in front of friends but the couple later went to the media with their story.
Park officials at first defended their stance, saying that their dress code includes asking people to cover up clothing or tattoos which others might find offensive.
On Monday, however, Parton herself issued an apology 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,” she said.
“Everyone knows of my personal support of the gay and lesbian community. Dollywood is a family park and all families are welcome.”
Parton added: “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.”
The singer has been a supporter of LGBT rights and is much-loved by the gay community in the US.