In an interview with Los Angeles radio station KOST 103.5 on Monday, Marie Osmond confirmed that her oldest daughter Jessica is a lesbian — calling her a "magnificent woman" and stating that she supports her daughter and believes in equal rights for gays and lesbians under the law.
Osmond’s public support of her daughter is significant, because Osmond is the highest profile Mormon thus far to come out in support of marriage equality — or at least giving gay and lesbian couples the same rights afforded to heterosexual couples.
Jessica Osmond, left, with sister Rachael in January 2009
Last week the tabloid The Globe, most likely operating under the above-mentioned assumption that Marie Osmond disapproved of same sex unions, reported that Marie Osmond was so “heartsick” after discovering the sexual orientation of her 21-year-old daughter Jessica that she “refuses to even publicly acknowledge it.”
On Monday, Osmond appeared on KOST 103.5 Lost Angeles and set the record straight, telling the host when asked about it, "That’s not a sensitive topic. I love my daughter."
Later on, Osmond stated, "When it comes to marriage, you know, I think that civil rights need to be for all:"
Many people, in fact, assumed that Osmond was opposed to marriage equality by virtue of her membership in the Mormon Church. Of course, it didn’t help that her brother Donny, when asked about his view on same-sex marriage, wrote the following on his website in December:
I’m guessing Donny was never spotted walking around town with a “No on 8” t-shirt.