Melissa Etheridge: ‘I won’t pay California taxes’

Singer responds to gay marriage ban in the state

Melissa Etheridge has blogged about the passing of Proposition 8 in California, which could see her marriage to Tammy Lynn Michaels deemed null and void.

51% of voters in the state this week opted for the new law which states that only marriages between a man and woman are now legal.

Etheridge and actress Michaels wed in 2003 after a Domestic Partnership agreement was passed in the state, and in June of this year, the state officially announced its recognition of same-sex marriages. Around 18,000 gay couples tied the knot between June and November.

Now, in a blog on The Daily Beast, Etheridge says that because she is being treated as a second class citizen, she should not have to pay the same taxes as a citizen who has the right to marry.

“51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.”

Etheridge goes on to say:

“Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away.

When did it become okay to legislate morality? I try to envision someone reading that legislation “eliminates the right” and then clicking yes. What goes through their mind? Was it the frightening commercial where the little girl comes home and says, “Hi mom, we learned about gays in class today” and then the mother gets that awful worried look and the scary music plays? Do they not know anyone who is gay? If they do, can they look them in the face and say “I believe you do not deserve the same rights as me”? Do they think that their children will never encounter a gay person? Do they think they will never have to explain the 20% of us who are gay and living and working side by side with all the citizens of California?”

“I know when I grew up gay was a bad word. Homo, lezzie, faggot, dyke. Ignorance and fear ruled the day. There were so many “thems” back then. The blacks, the poor … you know, “them”. Then there was the immigrants. “Them.” Now the them is me.”

Despite the new law, which is expected to be appealed, Etheridge says she has no intention of leaving California:

“We love this state, we love this country and we are not going to leave it. Even though we could be married in Mass. or Conn., Canada, Holland, Spain and a handful of other countries, this is our home. This is where we work and play and raise our families. We will not rest until we have the full rights of any other citizen. It is that simple, no fearful vote will ever stop us, that is not the American way.”

–By our New York staff.

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