Celebrating Lesbian Marriage

 
 

Melissa and Tammy Etheridge (September 20, 2003)

Singer Melissa Etheridge, who came out publicly in 1993, and actress Tammy
Lynn Michaels (Popular,
The L Word
) were
first married
in Malibu, CA in 2003, when marriage was briefly legal in California. Their
wedding was featured on ABC’s InStyle Celebrity Weddings and in People
magazine
.

In addition to Melissa’s two children from a previous relationship, the couple now have 2-year-old twins. Melissa has spoken openly about her battle with breast cancer, and is devoted to environmental issues.

After Proposition 8 was passed last week, Melissa wrote a call-to-arms on The
Daily Beast
:

Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution
as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds
sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books….

Today the gay citizenry of this state will pick themselves up and dust themselves off and do what we have been doing for years. We will get back into it. We love this state, we love this country and we are not going to leave it. Even
though we could be married in Mass. or Conn, Canada, Holland, Spain and a handful of other countries, this is our home. This is where we work and play and raise our families. We will not rest until we have the full rights of
any other citizen. It is that simple, no fearful vote will ever stop us, that is not the American way.

Tammy wrote about her reaction to the Prop 8 passing on her
blog
:

a rose is a rose is a rose.

when the government declared the illegality of interracial marriages unconstitutional in the late 60s, it was not a unanimous decision. in fact, 80% of the country
was against it. thank goodness the country led us into better perspectives, and didn’t leave it up to the humanly flawed citizens. but now… we’re going to VOTE on equality? "is this person the same value as that person? say
ay or nay…"

would rosa have wanted the people to VOTE whether or not she could get on the bus? would martin have waited for a VOTE to see if everyone thought blacks should be equal? i think not.

no matter how many voters there are wrenching away MY RIGHTS into their
bigoted hands…. you can’t take my family away from me. you can’t make us
stop loving each other. you simply can’t.

try to vote on that.

PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! if you can finally make it to first-class citizenship, then so can i. one day.

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