Disclaimer: The following post reflects my views on a certain political and social issue. I understand that not everyone will agree with me. Feel free to comment but know that excessively nasty comments will be deleted.
This makes me so sad. I have said many times that I would rather live anywhere but Tennessee but that article truly makes me ashamed to live here. The fact that the staff at the theme park actually asked a a patron to turn their shirt inside out because the theme park is “family oriented,” makes me angry on so many different levels. First of all, it is a slap in the face to the First Amendment right of free speech. The shirt did not proclaim anything obscene or explicitly vulgar, the shirt only read, “marriage is so gay.” The First Amendment allows for all kinds of people to voice their political opinions, T-shirt slogans are no exception. The other bone of contention I have is that Dollywood seems to think that their park administration is at liberty to define the word family. The park employee who informed the ladies of the dress code within the park seemed to imply that because they were gay that somehow left them out of the definition of family, so to be completely fair I will mention that the women in question were not asked to leave. Personally though I am reminded of the Jim Crow laws, or if you want to go even further back in history the laws which forbade the peasantry to wear clothing dyed a certain shade for no other reason than the nobility decided that they should not be allowed to.It is ironic and perhaps timely that so soon after New York legalized gay marriage I’m reminded just how far Tennessee still has to go.
all men are created equal, even those you don’t agree with or approval of personally.