Singer Melissa Etheridge to wed after gay marriage ruling
U.S. rock singer Melissa Etheridge on Wednesday announced plans to marry partner Linda Wallem after the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings paved the way for gay marriage in California, the couple's home state.
Etheridge, 52, came out in 1993 and was an early and prominent gay rights advocate in the entertainment industry.
"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 said in a statement.
"Once again our constitution stands strong," the "Come to My Window" singer added. "All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal."
Wallem, 52, is a creator and executive producer on the cable television series "Nurse Jackie."
The Supreme Court affirmed on Wednesday a lower court ruling that struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The state would become the United States' 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The country's highest court also struck down a key part of a the federal law, Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that denied benefits to same-sex married couples.
The Supreme Court's rulings reverberated in Hollywood, where some of the entertainment industry's most prominent personalities advocate gay rights.
Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have said in the past that they would not get married until gay couples could as well.
Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an early gay rights advocate, tweeted after the ruling on Wednesday, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."
Like Etheridge, DeGeneres was one of the first stars to publicly say she was a lesbian, exploring the topic on her TV comedy series "Ellen" in the late 1990s. She is married to actress Portia de Rossi.
"We stand tall today. #DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority," singer and prominent gay rights supporter Lady Gaga wrote to her more than 38 million Twitter followers.
"Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality," tweeted Ben Affleck, the director and star of Oscar-winning film "Argo," while actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted the decision was a "historic day."
Singer Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Fund promotes gay rights and addresses homelessness in the gay and lesbian community, said, "Both of these decisions not only impact the lives of gay couples, but of gay and transgender youth who struggle to find acceptance from their family and friends."
R7 Well, Rosie said that they used to hang out back in the day, so if you believe that saying that the company you keep is a good indication of your character, then...
When Andy Cohen flashed kd lang's pic up on WWHL, Etheridge was stumped at finding something positive to say about her.
Yet, he also showed a clip of the pair embracing at some event where Etheridge came out in front of the cameras.
[R12], kd and Melissa's first, Julie Cypher, cheated on her(according to Melissa)
She needs to concentrate on her kids. She seems to have been through a lot of relationships.
This IS her third "marriage"!
She used a homophobic legal argument when she was splitting with Tammy to try and pay less support. She said their commitment ceremony wasn't a "real" marriage so she should have to pay her less alimony/ child support.
R15 Not surprising. Her dumb ass also defended Eminem when he was writing anti-gay lyrics.
Thanks, I was wondering if sex was a factor.
She'll be divorced in no time...
She was on CNN shortly after the rulings were announced. I was like "Wow, could you not find any other person to talk on marriage?"
She's like the fucking Jerry Lee Lewis of dykes. Love em and leave em. And her music is shitty, too.
Lesbians are not comtented with usual anymore. They want serial
R19 That's what I was thinking. I mean, she's not exactly relevant anymore. Her last solo single to hit the Top 40 was in 1996 and she hasn't had an album go "gold" in the 21st century.
Not to mention, Linda Wallem is a shitty writer.
I remember Linda Wallem from her days writing and performing with Peter Tolan in NY. I didn't realize she was gay. Is Peter Tolan gay too?
No one has the balls to say that she's a using womanizer? Afraid to say that 'cause she's a lesbian?
Melissa Etheridge gets less like able every year. A serial cheat who always has a new gf lined up before she dumps the current one. Linda is an idiot if she thinks their 'love' is any different.
[quote] my true love of over three years
Talk about protesting too much...
Linda's Wallem's ex, that she did Nurse Jackie with is cute
Yes she is r27 . Liz Brixius is beautiful and very tall. Makes Melissa look like a troll doll in comparison. Melissa must be the holy grail of lesbian partners, though.
[quote]"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year.
[quote]And her music is shitty, too
Bitch, I'll cut you. Say what you want about her serial relationshipping, but her music is awesome.
She's pathetic. Who cares?
One of the things I find most endearing and lovable about DL is how we can all come together in our mutual dislike of Melissa Etheridge.
I'm still stupefied at her decision to have David Crosby, the biggest substance abuser in the history of popular music, as a sperm donor. How clueless do you have to be?
And don't forget his history of reckless gunplay, r33. Imagine him falling off the wagon and demanding his bio-kids back.
This will not end well.
This ugly cow used to bag prime pussy. Gillian Anderson and Helen Hunt both went to bed with her.
[quote] I'm still stupefied at her decision to have David Crosby, the biggest substance abuser in the history of popular music, as a sperm donor. How clueless do you have to be?
Do you think Brad turned her down?
[quote] Say what you want about her serial relationshipping, but her music is awesome.
Sorry, but all of your taste buds must have died a painful death. She's got one sound - scream. Her music is shitty, and derivative, and about as imaginative, creative and interesting as burlap toilet paper.
She had one good song that I liked: "If I Wanted To". That was it. All of the rest of her stuff sounds like the same old shit.
She sucks. I hate her music and she's about as attractive as roadkill.
Come to My Window is a great song
Her voice is gruff, but that's her appeal. Her lyrics are often deep and introspective, and she has some great songs ("Come to My Window" isn't the only one). Some of them are:
Dance Without Sleeping
You Can Sleep When I Drive
If I Wanted To
Come To My Window
I'm the Only One
Like The Way I Do
I Take You With Me
The 1990s called, r42. They'd like their mix tape back.
She has an Oscar and several grammys for that shitty music.
What the fuck do some of you have besides thrombosis?
Must be a lot of gay men posting here. They're always jealous of attractive lesbians who aren't seeking their opinions every two seconds.
Must be a bitch to not always be the center of attention.
I immediately thought the same thing as r3!
Well, I gotta admit her debut record is a classic.
And she is great live.
And I do like a lot of her songs.
But she seems shallow....like fame is really important to her.
Like, that's why she sings & plays guitar...to be famous.
She's been phoning it in for a long time...maybe she's surrounded by yes people
But, honey, she ain't no Springsteen like she thinks.
I'm not a gay man and I think she sucks. Maybe in your universe, Etheridge is an attractive, talented lesbian but in mine she's a talentless toad. Talent is subjective, dear. And the Grammys and Oscars really don't mean anything. It's all politics.
The fact that I hate her music has nothing to do with her being lesbian. I happen to like KD Lange quite a bit because, unlike Etheridge, KD can sing.
[quote]Must be a lot of gay men posting here. They're always jealous of attractive lesbians who aren't seeking their opinions every two seconds.
Attractive?! Melissa?!! You must be one disgusting likker.
Thr Indigo Girls lost their Grammy to Milli Vanilli.
They're currently doing a symphony tour, and aren't fame whores.
Yikes! Th claws are out on this thread.
[quote]But, honey, she ain't no Springsteen like she thinks
I don't think she thinks she's Springsteen, but she is an admitted longtime admirer. She's covered some of his tunes, sand with him live and her NEVER ENOUGH album cover is an homage to the back cover of Bruce's BORN TO RUN album
She is not Springsteen, but she is better than John Mellencamp. She has at least four really good songs, that still sound good.
She's no supermodel, but she "cleans up" well, and she's at least willing to doll herself up a tad bit from time to time. I think her best look was during the NEVER ENOUGH era. It's probably the most "feminie looking" (for lack of a better phrase) that I've ever seen her.
Forget her awards for music, her relationship track record is what counts. No nominations for that record.
Stop kidding yourself. She's an ugly frau. All that money and the best she ever looked was "not as bad as I expected".
Hilarious that these femme dykes like Anderson and Hunt were so into the neo-folk singer crap she had going that they let her go to town on them in bed.
And why is that r58?
Do we also negate Martina's Wimbledon wins?
What I meant to say was that, for this thread, we're talking about her relationship track record, jumping the gun as soon as DOMA was defeated. For the same reason we're mocking Rush Limbaugh's sudden respect for decency and tradition when he's a marriage failure.
Her autobiography was a good read. It covers the sexual molestation she endured at the hands of her own sister, her distant relationship with her mother, her time as a child singing in bars while her father would accompany her, her brief time in college, her adventure driving out to LA to "make it", her many (MANY) relationships with women once she got to LA, her audition for a role on the series "Fame" (which she lost to Janet Jackson), the Julie Cypher years (including how they "conceived") and it all leads up to when she finally made it big. She even talks about her close circle of lesbian Hollywood friends, including Ellen, KD and Rosie. She could probably write a second volume from where that one left off, what with the Oscar win, the cancer, and these latest relationships and marriages.
Does she come across as an interesting person, someone with a sense of humor, or what re personality, R62?
R63, to me she came across as very introspective. There is some humor in their, and her way with women is...shall we say...admirable. She's better at wooing than some dudes I know.
Hmmmm, does she provide much detail about the many seductions and conquests?
If so, I might have to buy the bk.
She does actually. She had sex with one guy, and she said that afterward she was wondering what all the fuss was about. However, after her first kiss with a woman, fireworks went off and she knew that was what she wanted. There's a couple of women in California that she lived with in the beginning (she talks about how she loves women with dark hair), and she mentions having sex with them the way a guy would. Nothing crass like "I fucked her," but she was definitely the love 'em and leave 'em type, and when she fell in love, she fell hard. She met Cypher on the set of her "Bring Me Some Water" video, and said it was love at first sight (in spite of the fact that Julie was married to Lou Diamond Phillips at the time).
Uh, no, she came off as self-absorbed and not very bright.
I always liked someone's description of her songs as "Music to Stalk By."
R66 She sounds like real sleazy trash.
Melissa's performance of Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" at the Grammys when she was still bald from chemo was a wonderful, inspirational moment. R&B singer India.Arie based a line in her song "I Am Not My Hair" on that performance.
She's gotten so annoying over the years. But I admire her.
Etheridge used to be great in concert, before she started screeching and yelling instead of singing. She's always been rough on her women, she snowed Tammy Lynn something terrible, especially after the way she treated Julie. She's probably got the next one picked out; this relationship with Wallem can only end in tears (Wallem's).
I think I'm buying the bk because I love to see how others get women.
Maybe I'll pick up a pointer or two.
I'm amazed she has any money left after all the alimony and child support. She's not exactly a big draw anymore.
This soon to be wife of hers seems kinda pathetic. Didn't she say somewhere that she'd been in love (god knows why) with ME for years and finally ME noticed her?
[quote] I'm amazed she has any money left after all the alimony and child support.
Isn't that one of the reasons for her douchery - her refusal or at least great reluctance to pay support
[quote]I always liked someone's description of her songs as "Music to Stalk By."
True. Where there's a Melissa Etheridge mixtape, there's also probably tears, a Subaru Forrester cruising slowly with its lights off and possibly Tig Notaro.
"I think I'm buying the bk because I love to see how others get women.
Maybe I'll pick up a pointer or two."
Fame is a great aphrodisiac. A lot of these women wouldn't have slept with her otherwise ...
I am sure it has been said, but honestly she is a terrible role model for gay men and women and marriage equality.
This does not make her an evil human being or without talent. She's just a shit.
She is a womanizer and a fraud. Terribly unethical and opportunistic. The timbre of her voice lends her a sensitivity and aura of depth that she does not possess as a person. I know this to be true.
Is she married to cancer?
Hopefully Karen, anything to shut her up.
Fuck awful lesbian rock. I'm still in disbelief anyone bought that shit. Even the Lilith Fair set would look down on her.
Who the fuck cares? She's ugly as sin, dumb as a road cone, and utterly talentless. She made me recoil in my own sexuality when I was in my teens. I've met her several times and she's trailer trash.
(a) who cares. stop making everything about you.
(b) who would want to be married to that? Or even date her? Jaysus. What does this woman have to offer? She seems like a huge moron and she's just gross in her demeanor and looks.
Ha. The one guy she slept with was my brother. Seriously.
And yes she does have a cool personality. She's witty and smart and very kind.