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No same-sex marriage, no more tax dollars from Melissa Etheridge.
That's the defiant stand taken by the 44-year-old singer in a new blog post on The Daily Beast
following the passage of California's Proposition 8.
Etheridge declares that if she's not "allowed the same right [to marry] under the state constitution as any other citizen. ... I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes, because I am not a full citizen."
"Okay," she continues. "There is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California."
Etheridge opposed the ballot measure
along with Brad Pitt
, Mary J. Blige, Ellen DeGeneres
, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The controversial constitutional amendment
, which overturns a California Supreme Court decision that allowed for same-sex marriages, may retroactively invalidate the unions of DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
, who tied the knot in August, and George Takei and Brad Altman
, who married in September, as well as the hundreds of regular people who were able to legally take their vows for a brief few months this summer.
Etheridge ends her blog with a message for Prop 8 supporters: "Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away."
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