Dolly Parton: ’Gay Couples Should be Allowed to Marry’
Country legend Dolly Parton says she believes same-sex couples should have the right to marry in a recent interview with British LGBT magazine Event, Gay Star News points out.
"I think everyone should be with who they love," the singer, who has been a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, told the publication. "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," she added.
Parton married her husband Carl Dean in 1966 but the couple has been plagued by rumors that Parton is actually in a relationship with her childhood friend Judy Ogle, the British newspaper the Daily Mail reports.
In a recent interview with the Mail, writer Sarfraz Manzoor, who interviewed Parton, says Ogle "quietly" sits in "on her own during our conversation," and then cites a passage from Parton’s autobiography "My Life And Other Unfinished Business" about Ogle.