Bil Browning

Melissa Etheridge & Tammy Lynn Michaels Divorce Drama

Filed By Bil Browning | September 23, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: celebrity breakups, celebrity divorces, Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels

Looks like lesbian celebrity couple Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels break-up isn't going so well. According to TMZ, the couple are Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaelscurrently arguing through lawyers about child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, the division of their property, and attorney's fees. In other words, they're squabbling the same as any heterosexual married couple.

There's one twist though. Etheridge is trying to claim the two were never actually married and, therefore, she's not responsible for quite a few of the claims. You don't see that often in a straight marriage, do you? The legal limbo of same-sex relationships strikes again!

Melissa and Tammy are even arguing over whether they were actually married. Tammy says they were (which would entitle her to all sorts of financial goodies) while Melissa says their vows were nothing more than a non-binding commitment ceremony.

In a news story shortly after Prop 8 passed, Etheridge explains that she and Tammy didn't get married in California while they could because they were worried marriage would be banned again in the state (obviously, it was). She told the reporter, "My wife and I consider ourselves to be married, we would like that to be recognized some day civically."

I wonder how that's going to fly with the judge.

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Uh, Bil, their parting has been bitter and harsh from day-1. Nothing new about that. Though, I hadn't heard about Ethridge using the 'Martina Defense' (Martina Navratilova did the same thing with her last ex). Maybe Tammy needs a baseball bat (Rita Mae Brown broke the back window out of Martina's pick-up when Martina dumper her).

This sort of thing just highlights how much we need at least civil unions.

Oh, and on any equal rights subject, it has been so incredibly heart-warming to hear the stories of ppl who are coming out after repeal of DADT. Obviously, I believe very strongly in ppl being able to live a genuine life, and be who they are, and that these ppl are finally getting the chance to do that is awesome! Previously, I just saw it as a political thing, but hearing these folks talk, is just beyond amazing. :))))))