Linda Wallem and Melissa Etheridge are getting hitched (Getty Images)
When the United States Supreme Court handed down their rulings Wednesday concerning same-sex marriage, it was reason for many to celebrate — including Melissa Etheridge. But her celebration is extra special as she announced she plans to marry her TV writer girlfriend, Linda Wallem.
During an interview with CNN discussing the news that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which restricts federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples, had been ruled invalid and the appeal of California's Prop 8 was dismissed, the 52-year-old singer dropped her wedding news as well, saying, "It is about family and I love my four kids. I called my now fiancée. I'm looking forward to marrying my partner of three years we've been together. I'm going to get married in the state of California. I woke [the kids] up this morning telling them the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA. … I love everybody out there. It's a great day."
Soon after, she took to Twitter to tell her followers about her engagement.
I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties...
— Melissa Etheridge (@speak_true) June 26, 2013
and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem. — Melissa Etheridge (@speak_true) June 26, 2013
So are Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell (Getty Images)
And that's not the only celebrity couple who will be tying the knot because of the decision. Kristen Bell, 32, and her fiancé Dax Shepard, 38, who memorably declared that they wouldn't marry until it was legal for everyone in California to do so, will be taking the plunge as well. The "Veronica Mars" re-popped the question on Twitter to her TV star beau, with whom she has a newborn daughter, Lincoln.
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) June 26, 2013
The "Parenthood" actor accepted soon after.
And there was celebration without engagement announcements as well. Here are more reactions to the historic news from other celebrities:
Remember the old days when #DOMA was around and gay people couldn't get married in California? Crazy right!?
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
And Prop 8 was dismissed?!? Huzzah! Christmas comes six months early this year! (Less one day…)
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013
It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2013
I AM EQUAL
— Rosie O'Donnell (@Rosie) June 26, 2013
DOMA has been held unconstitutional, 5-4 decision authored by Justice Kennedy. Oh happy day!
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 26, 2013
My friend just sent this photo to me. Subject line was "Today's anthem" Love it!! pic.twitter.com/3f1mv9PGT0
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) June 26, 2013
DOMA is dead!!!! Yippee…. — Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 26, 2013
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2013
Annnnnd my inbox is full of save-the-dates! #TodayInHistory
— Chris Colfer (@chriscolfer) June 26, 2013
whew... DOMA unconstitutional #scotus
— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) June 26, 2013
DOMA struck down!
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 26, 2013
DOMA and Prop 8 should get married. — Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 26, 2013
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 26, 2013
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 26, 2013
Bye bye DOMA & Prop 8. No one liked u anyway. — Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) June 26, 2013
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) June 26, 2013
Ding Dong DOMA's dead. Yay Gay!
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) June 26, 2013
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) June 26, 2013
Don't wanna traffic in stereotypes but let's be real: I'm gonna love a gay wedding.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2013
Great way to wake up #DOMA is overturned. About bloody time. We are celebrating. #loveislove #marriageequality. Jb and Scott
— John Barrowman
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