U.S. rock singer Melissa Etheridge on Wednesday June 26, 2013 announced plans to marry partner Linda Wallem after the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings paved the way for gay marriage in California, the couple's home state.
Etheridge, 52, came out in 1993 and was an early and prominent gay rights advocate in the entertainment industry.
"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge said in a statement.
The Supreme Court affirmed on Wednesday June 26, 2013 a lower court ruling that struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. The state would become the United States' 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The country's highest court also struck down a key part of a the federal law, Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that denied benefits to same-sex married couples. MORE HERE