In a recent column for The Daily Beast, out and proud singer Melissa Etheridge has made her opinions on the recent gay marriage ban in California known.
“Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen,” she writes. ”[along with] 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.”
Etheridge says that it stands to reason that if she’s not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen, then it only seems fair that she stops paying her taxes. “I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights,” writes Etheridge. She also mentions that her income tax contribution annually is half a million dollars – now that’s a lot of money. It’s not hard to see why she’s pretty ticked off.
“Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away,” she goes on to say. “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.”
Etheridge vows to keep pushing for equality in California. ”[We] will pick themselves up and dust themselves off and do what we have been doing for years. We will get back into it. We love this state, we love this country and we are not going to leave it. Even though we could be married in Massachusetts or Connecticut, Canada, Holland, Spain and a handful of other countries, this is our home.”