Melissa Etheridge & Tammy Lynn Michaels To Legally Marry

Melissa Etheridge and her longtime partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, are to wed legally, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

“They do plan on getting legally married here in California in the near future,” a rep for the activist and rocker told Access.

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Melissa became engaged to former “Popular” star Tammy Lynn in April 2003.

The couple married in Malibu in September of the same year, before same sex marriages were legally recognized in California.

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However, in May 2008, the California Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Since the ruling, a host of longtime gay couples including George Takei and Brad Altman, and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, married.

But a November ballot initiative — California’s Proposition 8, “Protect Marriage,” is aimed at reversing the ruling. If passed, it would define a legally recognized marriage as between “a man and a woman,” according to the Prop. 8 Web site.

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A host of Hollywood stars both straight and gay have donated to the No on Prop. 8 campaign aimed at defeating the proposed California Constitutional amendment.

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