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Melissa Etheridge Splits from Wife

What a bummer. Oscar winning singer, Melissa Etheridge and her wife Tammy have split.

“Melissa and Tammy Etheridge are saddened to announce that they are now separated,” Melissa’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The former couple add in a statement: “We ask for consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period.”

The couple who “married” in 2003 have two children together, son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose.

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Melissa Etheridge has the Idea!

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Since Prop 8 has passed in California, eliminating the ability of same sex couples to legally marry, Melissa Etheridge has an idea.  Melissa married her long time girlfriend, mother of her children actress Tammy Lynn Michaels earlier this year, and is now writing about what to do now….

Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.

Okay, cool I don’t mean to get too personal here but 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. Oh, and I am sure Ellen will be a little excited to keep her bazillion bucks that she pays in taxes too. Wow, come to think of it, there are quite a few of us fortunate gay folks that will be having some extra cash this year. What recession? We’re gay! I am sure there will be a little box on the tax forms now single, married, divorced, gay, check here if you are gay, yeah, that’s not so bad. Of course all of the waiters and hairdressers and UPS workers and gym teachers and such, they won’t have to pay their taxes either.

Mel mel goes on in her article for the Daily Beast… and I must say… She makes more than a few valid points. But just wait until the tax man comes a knocking on your door.