Melissa Etheridge announces engagement following gay marriage rulings
Melissa Etheridge recently shared some BIG news.
The 52-year-old singer, known for songs such as "I'm the Only One," took to her official Twitter account to speak her mind -- and make an announcement -- shortly after the Supreme Court's rulings in support of gay marriage.
"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties," she Tweeted on June 26, adding in a separate post, "and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem."
It was announced that the rocker was dating Wallem, creator of the series "Nurse Jackie," in January 2011 -- almost a year after her split from longtime partner Tammy Etheridge. The singer went on to express her general pleasure over the court's decisions.
"Let's hear it for the general progress of the human mind. With a beautiful sweep of sweet justice's blind hand we move forward," she Tweeted. "We correct the laws made hastily out of fear," she continued in a separate post.
The Supreme Court paved the way for same-sex marriage in California by saying that supporters of a state ban -- called Prop 8 -- could not appeal a lower court ruling that had struck it down. The court also ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, meaning that gay men and women who are married across the nation are now eligible for federal benefits.
Etheridge didn't only speak her mind about the "wonderful day" on social media, but also on CNN, having called in to share how the historic morning went with her own family.
"I woke them up this morning telling them the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, and I'm so proud of my daughter Bailey, my son Beckett, and Johnnie Rose and Miller, and Linda [Wallem], I love you all, I love everybody out there. It's a great day," she told the news outlet (See video below).
The famed musician wasn't the only one from Hollywood that expressed her excitement over the rulings. Check out celebrities -- including John Stamos, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen DeGeneres -- and their reactions on Twitter.
Check out Etheridge's CNN interview below.