Melissa Etheridge is putting her (tax) money where her mouth is.
Responding defiantly to the passage of California's Proposition 8, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter suggested in a blog post on The Daily Beast that she will not pay her state taxes in protest of the gay-marriage ban, People reports.
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Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com
Here come the brides again: Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels are planning on getting married."We have four children and we're trying to find the right time now actually to go down and do it is where we're at," the rocker told Extra.Etheridge and Michaels wed in a commitment ceremony in 2003, but now want to make it official after gay marriage was legalized in California.They welcomed twins, son Miller Steven and daughter Johnnie Rose, in October 2006. Etheridge has two children, Bailey Jean and Beckett, from her previous relationship with Julie Cypher.Since the ban was lifted this spring, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and George Takei and Brad Altman have tied the knot. Joyce EngRelated: Takei Takes Trek Down the Aisle with Longtime Beau DeGeneres and de Rossi Wed in Intimate Ceremony
Miley Cyrus by Jamie McCarthy/ WireImage.com, Mariah Carey by Kevin Mazur/TCA 2008/WireImage.com
Get ready for one of the most star-powered charitable single since "We Are the World." Fifteen of the hottest female artists, including Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus, are joining voices to record the song "Just Stand Up" to benefit the Stand Up for Cancer Fundraising Campaign.According to Variety, the tune, produced by Kenneth Edmonds and Antonio Reid (better know as Babyface and L.A. Reid), also features singing powerhouses Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Mary J. Blige, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood. "Just Stand Up" will be available on iTunes starting on September 2, and all the ladies will share a stage during a live performance at Stand Up to Cancer telethon set to air simultaneously on ABC, CBS and NBC and September 5. Gina DiNunno
Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Christopher Dodd have all agreed to participate in an August 9 Democratic presidential debate on gay issues, to be hosted by the Logo cable network, Variety reports. Questions will be served up by a panel that includes Melissa Etheridge and Joe Solmonese, prez of the Human Rights Campaign (a cosponsor of the face-off). It is said that gays account for four percent of the voting population.Though invites were tendered, no similar forum will be held for the Republican candidates, as Mitt Romney's peeps said no and the Rudy Giuliani and John McCain camps never even RSVP'd not that there's anything wrong with that.
Does Melissa Etheridge have it all over Ellen? Does Doogie put Lance to shame? Bravo's OUTzoneTV.com broadband channel is launching a poll on Friday, Dec. 8, seeking to crown the "Sexiest Gay Celebrity of 2007." In addition to the aforementioned foursome, nominees include Project Runway's Tim Gunn, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Shortbus driver John Cameron Mitchell, decorator-to-Oprah Nate Berkus, former Bassmaster Reichen Lehmkuhl, Portia de Rossi, and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Apparently, T.R. Knight will have to rely on the write-in vote.
Taylor Hicks, American Idol
American Idol Song choice presented major problems for the first two guys, Patrick Hall and David Radford. Patrick's nerves were too obvious; he could've used some of Melissa Etheridge's bravado and grit to get through "Come to My Window." Meanwhile David picked "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" to get away from the crooner label and then proceeded to "Sinatra" his way through a Vegas-style version. Not the best start for either guy.
Bucky Covington used his growling vocals to full advantage on "Simple Man." Ryan Seacrest contrasted his own potential song title with Bucky's by calling himself a "Shallow Hollywood Talking Head," which may be the most accurate judgment anyone has ever made on American Idol. Young Will Makar