Amusement Park Tells Lesbian To Remove Gay Marriage Shirt
“This is a family park,” said Dollywood amusement park employee to Olivier Odom after he asked her to remove her sarcastic “Marriage is so Gay” t-shirt, according to Knoxville, Tennessee’s WBIR.
Apparently, the Dollywood gatekeeper did not realize that marriage – and families – can very well be gay. Odom, at Dollywood with her wife Jennifer Tiptin, was married last year.
Dollywood asserts it is their policy for gatekeepers to make decisions and enforce the dress code for patrons, but Odom and Tiptin say they were singled-out.
"It was just this one guy who picked out this one t-shirt, when there were rebel flags and offensive tatoos there," said Tiptin to WBIR.
Odom, who did not want to create a scene in front of her friends’ children, also at the park, went through with the park’s instructions to turn her “offensive” shirt inside out.
She did, however, write this letter:
“To ensure that your customers are not treated this way in the future, I would like to see Dollywood: implement policies that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people; conduct staff sensitivity training; and issue a public statement indicating that the park is inclusive of all families.”
As hearings began today to replace the Defense of Marriage Act with the Respect for Marriage Act, Dollywood may have to brace itself for more “Marriage is so Gay” t-shirts and, quite possible, gay marriage.
Watch video coverage or read more about the incident at WBIR.