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UPDATE- Melissa rebels, Ellen saddened by Prop 8 gay marriage ban

November 6, 2008

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres said she was “saddened beyond belief” at the decision by voters to ban the newly-won rights of gays and lesbians to marry in California.

But singer Melissa Etheridge sounds downright angry.

Etheridge,  47,  who did not get to marry her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels before the Nov 4 ballot,   suggested in a blog post that she would no longer pay her California state taxes because, as a lesbian, she did not now enjoy the same rights as as other Californians.

“Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen,” Etheridge wrote.

DeGeneres and her longtime partner, actress Portia de Rossi, were among the roughly 18,000 gay or lesbian couples who married in California in the five-month honeymoon between same sex marriage becoming legal and then being banned in a ballot initiative known as Proposition 8.

The popular chat show host married de Rossi in August in the most high-profile same sex marriage since such unions were declared legal in California in May.

“I was saddened beyond belief. Here we just had a giant step toward equality and then on the very next day, we took a giant step away,” DeGeneres wrote on her website

“I believe one day a ‘ban on gay marriage’ will sound totally ridiculous. In the meantime, I will continue to speak out for equality for all of us,” she added.

California authorities say marriages of gays and lesbians between June and November will remain legal. Hundreds of gay rights activists held street protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco after the Prop 8 vote and have filed several lawsuits in a bid to overturn the decision.

Comments

jc,
People get married for many reasons besides having children. Many are past the child baring age. Many do not like children but love each other. Procreation is not the only reason to get married.
There are many couples that are terrible abusive parents and should never of had children in the first place. Thank God there are people who realize their limitations and choose not to procreate.

Posted by Patricia McCrea-Weiler | Report as abusive
 

This debate gets more and more ridiculous; let people live their lives and concentrate on living your own. Otherwise, try and have a laugh about it, like these guys:
http://expattitude.blogspot.com/2009/05/ auto-tune-news-2-pirates-drugs-gay.html

 

As a combat retired serviceman I have fought to preserve the freedoms of all Americans. However, in some cases, people in the name of freedom use it to advance their own perversions. Pornography, child molestation, and gay/lesbians are some of these perversions. Their opponents say let them choose their own way of life we shouldn’t interfere. But eventually our society will decay to a state where our quality of life suffers. And no, I don’t feel threatened or fear gays/lesbians, I have friends and family that are both. But, that doesn’t make it right.

Posted by William Sheehan | Report as abusive
 

Ellen i`m just asmalltown person but if there is anything i can do, Sign Something, because this is Wrong!!

 

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