Voice for Equality: Marie Osmond

Actress & Country Western Singer Marie Osmond (born October 13, 1959) is an American actress, singer, doll designer, and a member of the show business family, The Osmonds. Although she was never part of her family's singing group, she gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Her best known song is a cover of the country pop ballad "Paper Roses." In 1976, she and her singer brother Donny Osmond began hosting the TV variety show Donny & Marie.

During May 2009, Marie responded to a question about marriage equality by vocalizing her support for her Lesbian daughter’s civil rights: “I think each of us has the right to choose, you know, who makes that medical decision for us. And I think everybody should have the right to share homes and finances with somebody that they care about. You know, on those types of things, I am very supportive. When it comes to marriage, you know, I think that civil rights need to be for all.”

"One of the things that we have to be careful of is that we don't create hate. Because people believe certain things and we can’t make everyone become homogenized. You know. Everybody has a right to believe what they believe, but I do, I do think everybody has a right to have civil rights. That’s what I believe." (Source: Marie Osmond in a radio interview about her daughter being lesbian on KOST 103.5 Los Angeles, May 4, 2009).

Thank you Michelle Marzullo for nominating Marie Osmond as a Voice for Equality!

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