June 27, 2013 08:24:27 GMT
The 'Come to My Window' singer and her partner are set to wed in their home state of California following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage.
Rock musician Melissa Etheridge has just gotten engaged to her partner Linda Wallem. This was revealed by the "Come to My Window" singer on June 26, just after the U.S. Supreme Court gave legally married same-sex couples the same federal rights as heterosexual couples when they declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as "unconstitutional" and overturned California's Proposition 8 constitutional amendment that recognizes only those marriages between a man and a woman.
"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge wrote on Twitter. The 52-year-old LGBT rights advocate is set to wed Wallem, creator and executive producer of the award-winning series "Nurse Jackie", in their home state of California.
Another same-sex couple who celebrated the monumental decision made by the Supreme Court by announcing their engagement is Food Network celebrity Ted Allen and his partner, Barry Rice. "Proud to announce on this historic day that my partner of 20 years, Barry Rice, and I are engaged to be married," the TV cooking contest "Chopped" host tweeted.
The gay marriage ruling is being celebrated not just by same-sex couples but is also practically sweeping Hollywood into an online frenzy, with big name celebrities, both gay and heterosexual, going on Twitter to applaud the decision. Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres wrote, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone," while Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck tweeted, "Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality."