Mormon Marie Osmond defends her gay daughter’s right to marry

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Marie Osmond is a great mom. I’m sorry, but I just came to that realization after reading this article. Marie is a devout Mormon, having been born into and married in the Mormon faith. She has eight children by her two ex-husbands. Three of her kids are biological, five adopted. A few weeks ago, some tabloids began reporting that Marie’s 21-year-old daughter Jessica was a lesbian, and that Marie was ashamed of her.

Marie stood up for her daughter, though. In an interview with the radio station KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles, Marie confirmed that Jessica is a lesbian, and that Jessica is entitled to every civil right that a straight person is entitled to. Marie laughed off the idea that her daughter’s homosexuality was “a sensitive topic” because of Marie’s Mormon faith, and basically said that her faith was her own, but she doesn’t think that faith should be used to block anyone’s civil rights. Marie’s comments are actually a little funny – she tries to quote the Bible, I think, but comes out with “God said to be married and be productive with your children and, you know, replenish the earth or whatever.” I love that – “or whatever”.

In an interview with Los Angeles radio station KOST 103.5, Marie Osmond confirmed rumors that her daughter Jessica is a lesbian and spoke about her views on marriage equality.

Though the interviewer suggested the question might be “a sensitive topic” because of Osmond’s Mormon faith, the entertainer didn’t hold back.

“That’s not a sensitive topic, I love my daughter,” said Osmond with a laugh.

Last week, the U.K. publication The Sun suggested all may not be well between Osmond and her daughter. But Osmond went on to say that though the Mormon Church may not agree with homosexuality, she isn’t imposing those beliefs on her children.

“You know, on those types of things I’m very supportive. When it comes to marriage, I think that civil rights need to be for all,” Osmond said. “When you start mixing religion into that and beliefs, you know, I do believe in the Bible. My daughter understands my beliefs. And, you know, God said to be married and be productive with your children and, you know, replenish the earth or whatever. She understands those things. My daughter is sharp. And we have a great relationship and I think she would tell you that.”

In the weeks following the passage of Prop. 8 in California, Marie Osmond and her brother Donny became easy targets for some gay activists as high-profile members of the Mormon Church, which was responsible for raising a substantial amount of money in passing the same-sex marriage ban, but the brother-sister act responded by appearing on posters condemning the church.

[From The Advocate]

Doesn’t Marie seem pretty cool? She’s all “It’s my faith, y’all, or whatever, do what you want, mama needs a nap.” It just goes to show, once you meet, know and love a person who embodies a quality that you find weird or strange or abhorrent, whether it’s race, religion or sexuality, it’s a lot easier to see that we’re all fundamentally human. I applaud you, Marie! Now go take that nap!

Here’s Marie at the ‘Race For The Cure’ doll signing in the Flamingo Las Vegas Promenade on May 2nd. Images thanks to .
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  1. jen says:

    go marie! stand up for your girl!

    what a great mom!

  2. ash says:

    Carrie Prejeans gaydar alarm just went off. OH NOS!

  3. gblinda says:

    Great that she supports her daughter…now the countdown begins before she’s excommunicated…

  4. aggie says:

    Those dolls are terrifying.

  5. Patrice says:

    gblinda: Excommunication is right. Look, the true, original Mormon church is an incredibly strict one, and I know of members who have been tossed out for a lot lesser things. To call Marie devout however, is a gross mislabeling. The truest of Mormons would NEVER come out publicly and defend homosexuality whether they agreed with it or not. I’m quite sure that Marie knows this too. Marie is being a good mom, but I love it when people bend their religuous beliefs to suit their personal needs when it comes to family members. You know, it’s like, my grandomther (the strictest of Catholics) would never come out and be “pro-chioce” if one of us decided to go have an abortion…I’m just saying.

  6. KateNonymous says:

    Marie knows what it’s like to be unhappy because of outside pressure, regardless of who you really are. It’s terrific to see that she doesn’t want to pass that on to her children, which so many do without being aware of it.

  7. Annie says:

    Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!!!

    Be proud of your faith but don’t shove it down other people’s throats.

    <3 Marie.

  8. coocoo says:

    I’m pleasantly surprised

  9. geronimo says:

    Great example of someone talking the talk and walking the walk.

  10. katie says:

    are you actually a mormon Patrice? because I am, and plenty of us have made it known that we do not side with the Church’s official position on gay marriage and have no repercussions. The LDS Church is not some creepy machine and members are free to live the principles as they see fit. Marie is not going to get excommunicated for supporting her daughter.

    I love it when people speak authoritatively about a religion they don’t belong to.

  11. nonymous says:

    I think regardless of one’s beliefs, the love of a child/family member always surpasses whatever preconceived ideas we might have about the life they might lead.
    The truth is, you just want them to be happy and successful in whatever path they choose to take. At least that’s what my Mormon parents told me right before I married a science lovin’ ex-Catholic.

  12. Tia says:

    Katie, very well said !!!!!!!!

  13. julie says:

    Katie, I think it is one thing for LDS people to be ok with civil unions, but to use the word marriage for gays and be ok with it is NOT ok. It’s just that simple. There is a huge difference cause the bible which as you know US lds folks do read clearly states that marriage is between a man and a women and it would be wrong to go against what you morally believe in. We believe that our leaders get their inspiration from God therefore there’s no arguing. Of course you need to ask and feel for yourself what you want to believe and not be a blind sheep, but it’s much more of a cut and dry topic then people are making it these days. Also, it seems like the LDS were picked on, but I would like to remind everyone that almost all Christians faiths believe that marriage is between a man and a women.

  14. hmm says:

    All I can say is thank God for Mormons like Katie and Marie.

  15. julie says:

    Why for being Hyprocrites? If people of faith follwed the media that’s what the whole world would be….Like Madonna who used to claim she was catholic and then talk about her many abortions….

  16. Ggirl says:

    Good for Marie! She has had her own struggles with depression so I think whatever personal challenges Marie has had to deal with it probably has made her more authentic.

  17. morgs says:

    She looks like a street tarte made out of porcelain in that top photo. She totally looks like an aged porn star with that amount of crap on her face.

  18. Dingles says:

    “That’s not a sensitive topic, I love my daughter.”

    I’m having trouble thinking of a more awesome response than that. Good for her.

  19. Cate says:

    That’s really great of her. At least she can put her faith aside and be supportive of her child, unlike that twat Michael Lohan.

  20. gg says:

    Dingles, I agree. I love Marie – she is honest and I also think she’s done wonders being a positive influence, and sharing her own struggles.

  21. jdkjdfajjkbd;ahgoigrjbfpofg-polfdpofds says:

    Why are you telling her “to take a nap”? That was the stupidest part of the article.

  22. Shay says:

    I can agree with that. I grew up in a religious home which I’m not ashamed of and there are certain things that I won’t do but my values are my own and no one elses. I can’t see myself trying to tell someone else what they can and can’t do just because I may not see it there way.

  23. gee_gee says:

    That’s just really awesome.

  24. boomchakaboom says:

    Bless her heart. She’s a real stand up mom, and there’s nothing better than that. Thank you, Marie! You just made my heart melt a bit.

  25. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    I love what she said.

    Still have *serious* issues with her church.

  26. Annie says:

    Why are you telling her “to take a nap”? That was the stupidest part of the article.

    Why are you using quotation marks around something that wasn’t even said like that? Way to take things out of context….Let me break it down for you because you’re obviously slow. The writer, that would be Kaiser, was simply creating a hypothetical situation in which Marie says she’s “momma needs a nap” as a joke.


    As for the hypocrite comment. Seriously? You’re comparing defending your daughter against intolerance to abortion? SERIOUSLY?


  27. Dirty Martini says:

    I totally get what Marie is saying. Your child is always going to be your child…..and wherever they take you, that is where you are. You don’t leave yourself and your beliefs behind…..but you always support your child.

    It can be done.

  28. MeowMeow says:

    I consider myself a conservative Christian, and I find Marie’s outlook on her daughter refreshing.

  29. Gistine says:

    I love me some Mormons; crazy as hell, but really, really good people. The Osmonds have always creeped me out though.

    Anywho, good for Marie. Gay is OK!

  30. julie says:

    Annie, No I was not comparing intolerance to abortion. I would always love my daughter no matter if she were gay or straight, but that doesn’t mean I would ever agree with it. I was saying that people claim to be religious until it’s not conveinent for them. By the way nobody on here is a idiot those without opinions are idiots and this is America where we can have opinions without name calling… Grow up…

  31. jennifer says:

    basically said that her faith was her own, but she doesn’t think that faith should be used to block anyone’s civil rights.


    “That’s not a sensitive topic, I love my daughter.”

    Two of the best & most refreshing things I’ve read today :) I love it when someone can truly believe in their faith yet realize it doesn’t give them the right to impose it on others, nor on the law, NOR does it mean they’re right & everyone else is wrong. Bravo, Marie :)

  32. Bodhi says:

    If anything, she seems like a good momma who loves her children wholeheartedly.

    The massive plastic surgery & the creepy creepy dolls she hawks make her uncool

  33. Courtney H says:

    I don’t care what your religion is, it has no place dictating public policy.

    People seem to forget that as far as the government is concerned, religion has (or should have, I should say) absolutely nothing to do with marriage. There’s religious marriage and civil marriage, or whatever other terms you’d like to apply to these VERY different things. You can get “married” in a church all you want, but it doesn’t mean diddly in tax breaks unless you apply for a marriage license from the government. It’s something religious folk should keep in mind when discussing gay marriage.

  34. cherryblossom says:

    This makes me so happy.
    As a daughter of Catholics things were very hard when I came out. But in the end my mother came up to the same realization: She loved me, and nothing in her faith could change that.

  35. Maudie says:

    Marie won’t be excommunicated because the LDS Church teaches free agency — Marie can decide for herself. Quarterback Steve Young (descendant of Brigham Young) had NO on 8 sign on his front yard.

  36. sauvage says:

    Religion should be something private (just like your sexual orientation). It is nobody’s business what you believe in or who you sleep with as long as everything is consentual and nobody gets hurt(I’m obviously not talking about consentual SM relationships). And it also goes the other way round, IMHO: It is not your business to decide what other people should do religiously or sexually as long as everything is consentual and nobody gets hurt. Religion is one thing. The law is a whole other thing. And religion and politics are certainly not to be the same thing.

  37. barneslr says:

    While I do not buy into mormonism, which I personally believe to be a cult, I think that Marie addressed the questions perfectly. Good for her and for her daughter!

  38. Mojo says:

    Wow–Marie has a gay daughter? she just got way more interesting!

  39. Melanie says:

    I once read an interview with Marie when she was asked which of her children were adopted and she said that she couldn’t remember

    Fantastic answer to an insulting question

  40. Hanh says:

    All those people who think its ok to enforce their religious beliefs on the people in America who don’t practice them, they must be the ones who are supporting the Taliban enforcing their religious beliefs on people.

    America is not the Taliban. We know the difference between a civil marriage and a religious marriage. We should not force people who want a civil marriage to follow a religious restriction. Religious marriages mean nothing to the government, there are no laws. HOWEVER civil marriages (which is what civil rights are for) is what is on the line for the gays.

    It wasn’t long ago that interracial marriages were illegal for the same reasons that people are now trying to ban gay marriages.

  41. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    I love this woman – she has total unconditional love for her children and I for one wish there were more people in the world with her level of love and tolerance.

    I remember that interview too Melanie – what a spectacular response to a daft question that was!

  42. Shelby says:

    Mormons strike me as kind of “cultish,” but no more so than evangelical protestants, so whatever. Kudos to Marie for sticking up for HER values.

    I also gotta congratulate the Osmonds for looking as good as they do and being as successful as they are after all these years.

    But seriously, Marie, those dolls are REALLY creepy!

  43. Wresa says:

    This to me is a great exmple of keeping your beliefs, but not letting them enter politics. LDS doesn’t have to do same-sex marriage. I’m not Mormon, so wtf do I care? But we live in a wonderful country where one of the pillars of our beliefs is EQUALITY. So if they want to marry in the legal sense, wtf do I care? I’m not gay.

  44. Sue says:

    #1, Patirce, shut up! Marie is who she is and it’s up to the riduculous Mormons if they wanna oust her. But I know they won’t because it’s to thier advantage, (money-wise) to keep her. Marie Baby, I love you and you have my outmost respect! My Brother and some of my friends are gay and I love them to peices. For those of you who don’t got to Hell! Judge not, unless you have fear of looking at one’s self.

  45. J.R. says:

    Look, the Mormon Church is not going to excommunicate a member because they state they support gay marriage. I’m a Mormon; I tell the church I support gay marriage, and no one has suggested I be excommunicated. We can believe as we wish. They’d like us to support prop 8, but they cannot do other than advise us to do so; they cannot force us to support it.

  46. Andrea says:

    Harry Reid is LDS and a major part of the Democratic Party. He has very liberal ideas and is a in good standing with the church. I think that people really don’t understand that they let you live your own life.

    …and if my daughter told me that she was gay or had an abortion it would make me sad, but I would not love or support her any less.

  47. angie says:

    well done marie for supporting your daughter no one should infringe on a persons cival rights and your children are always yours no matter what age they are. The church is suposed to understand and be there for everyone thats whats in the bible

  48. Sara says:

    Good on Marie, Good on Steve Young and good on all you others who have supported Gay marriage/unions. I am a Mormon and I did not support prop 8, as I support anyone who is trying to find stability in a union.

  49. Sissy S says:

    We are all human. My son is gay and I am not the least bit affected by this. He is perfect-just like God made him. Remember people-God makes no mistakes!!! Judge, lest you be judged. I love you, Marie!