In the wake of the Supreme Court's sweeping decisions on gay marriage Wednesday, rocker Melissa Etheridge has announced that she is engaged and ready to take full advantage of her new legal rights.
"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties ... ," she wrote yesterday on Twitter, "and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem."
"Once again our constitution stands strong. All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal," she said.
Etheridge, who publicly announced she was gay in 1993, has been a prominent gay rights advocate and a huge voice in the opposition to California's Prop 8; a ballot measure she once declared "blatantly hateful."
Yesterday's news, however, was sweet vindication and yet another example of the "general progress of the human mind," Etheridge tweeted. "With a beautiful sweep of sweet justice's blind hand we move forward. We correct the laws made hastily out of fear."
Of course, Etheridge wasn't the only celebrity and gay rights advocate thrilled over the news. Many more took to Twitter and even the red carpet (check out the video) below to express their approval for the Supreme Court's decision.
It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2013
DOMA and Prop 8 should get married.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 26, 2013