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Dolly Parton Backs Marriage Equality in Australia: 'Love Is Love'

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton said same-sex marriage should be legalized in Australia.

The 71-year-old country legend advocated her support for the LGBT community Down Under on News Breakfast, a program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which she joined remotely from Nashville.

"Why can't they be as miserable as us heterosexuals in their marriages?" Parton joked, before taking a serious tone. "Hey, I think love is love and we have no control over that... I think people should be allowed to [marry]."

"I'm not God, you know. I believe in God, I think God is the judge. I don't judge or criticize and I don't think we're supposed to," she added.

Parton is a longtime ally of the LGBT community, with many considering her a gay icon. She supported same-sex marriage in the United States as early as 2009. She has advocated for trans people regarding North Carolina’s bathroom bill. Not to mention, she has often dedicated her smash hit “Jolene” to the drag queens who dress like her at her concerts.  

Parton also recently came under fire from the right wing, when she stood between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the Emmy Awards. Her 9 to 5 costars had criticized President Donald Trump during the television awards ceremony, and for conservative critics, Parton became guilty by association.

Australia is in the midst of a national vote, which is polling citizens on whether its Parliament should vote yes or no for same-sex marriage. The results of the mail-in ballot will be posted in November.

Watch Parton's interview at ABC.

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