Melissa Etheridge to California: 'You Can Forget My Taxes'

Melissa Etheridge to California: 'You Can Forget My Taxes'
Melissa Etheridge
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updated 11/06/2008 at 04:55 PM EST

originally published 11/06/2008 05:05PM

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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