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Dollywood park worker calls out guest over 'marriage is so gay' T-shirt

July 26th, 2011 12:06 am by Wayne Bledsoe

A Knoxville same-sex couple are calling on Dollywood Splash Country to come up with more inclusive policies regarding guests after a park gatekeeper made one of them reverse a T-shirt whose message he found objectionable.

On July 9, Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton went to the Sevier County water park, which is beside Dollywood, with friends and the friends' 8- and 5-year-old daughters. Odom wore a T-shirt that said "Marriage is so gay" — intended to be a statement supporting same-sex marriage.

"We were walking into the gate area and the man taking the tickets told me he would need me to turn my shirt inside-out before entering the park," said Odom. "I questioned why and he told me because it was a family park."

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