Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels to marry

Singer Melissa Etheridge, 47, and her partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, 33, held a large commitment ceremony attended by 175 guests in September, 2003, but were not permitted to marry legally under California law at that time. Their first ceremony was a traditional wedding complete with a proposal from Melissa, a custom-designed three carat diamond ring for Tammy, and a ceremony and reception on a location overlooking the Pacific. They wore Badgley Mischa outfits, with Tammy in a gown and Melissa in a cream linen and silk pantsuit. The reception tent was decorated with 2,000 candles, periwinkle hydrangeas and lavender roses. Guests include Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Al Gore. They described it as their dream wedding, and it’s clear they put a lot of thought and planning into it to make it an event they’ll always remember.

Now that Melissa and Tammy are able to marry legally under California law, they say they’ll do it when they find time. After watching footage of their wedding, below, you can tell why they’re not in a hurry to make it technically “legal” – they already had a lavish wedding that meant a lot to each of them.

Melissa and Tammy are raising four children together, Bailey, 11, and Beckett, 9, from Melissa’s relationship with Julie Cypher, and boy and girl twins Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose, who turn two in a couple of weeks. They have their hands full.

Singer Melissa Etheridge is ready to wed longtime partner Tammy Lynn Michaels!

“Yes, we have four children and we’re trying to find the right time,” she told Extra.

Etheridge, 47, and Michaels, 33, first exchanged vows in Malibu in 2003.

Now that gay marriage is legalized in California, the couple will make it official.

“We are so grateful for the blessings from our friends and family as we commence our vows, and begin the rest of our lives together,” the pair, who exchanged platinum-and-diamond wedding bands, said in a statement at the time.

[From US Weekly]

Congratulations to Etheridge and Michaels on finally being able to make it official. It’s about time.

Here’s a video that features Etheridge and Michaels’ wedding. They talk about the first time they met, Melissa’s proposal, and their relationship. It’s really touching and you can tell how much they love each other.

Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels are shown on 4/18/07 at the 24th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Credit: Juan Rico/Fame Pictures

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  1. MSat says:

    I love Melissa and I’m glad she’s doing so well after her battle with cancer. These two are a great couple. Very family-focused. Good for them.

  2. Syko says:

    The commitment is what counts anyway, not the paperwork. I can understand why it’s not a huge priority with them to make it legal.

    Wishing them all the best!

  3. Kaiser says:

    Just a little pet peeve about lesbian weddings/commitment ceremonies – why does one of the lesbians seem to always feel the need to wear a suit? Why can’t both wear dresses?

    Just saying. You don’t see gay mens’ ceremonies with one clad in a dress.

  4. geronimo says:

    Guess they’re just being true to themselves, Kaiser, dressing like they would in ordinary life. If someone’s not comfortable in dresses, why wear one on a day when they want to be at their best?

    Don’t know who they are but best wishes to them.

  5. Kaiser says:

    @Geronimo – Yeah, I get that. But it seems to be consistent in a lot of lesbian ceremonies – like when two lesbians get together, one has to be the designated “man”. Why can’t both be girly and feminine? Anyway, just a small pet peeve of mine, hope I didn’t offend anyone.

  6. Syko says:

    I was thinking the same too. Great minds all work alike. You don’t see two gay men marry with one in a tux and one in a wedding gown.

    Oh, Geronimo – Melissa’s a singer. Got some big pipes on her.

  7. geronimo says:

    No but what I’m saying is that often one partner is more butch that the other (eg. Ellen, Jodie Foster’s partner, Miranda from S&TC’s partner – sorry, can’t rem. name) and dresses in a more masculine way ie. frocks wouldn’t be their thing anyway, whereas gay males wouldn’t ordinarily wear dresses so why, same argument, would they wear one on their wedding day? But no matter!

    Thanks syko re Melissa. Name was familiar.

  8. Kaiser says:

    @Syko 😉

  9. Liz says:

    I think there is a generational influence on this, related to how older women struggled for equal rights, how feminism was expressed, and also sexuality. Younger women find it easier to be “sexy” while still being feminist, older ones were fighting for the right to be able to wear jeans without being called whores.

  10. sauvage says:

    Gosh, watching the video, I cried!
    It’s so wonderful to see all this love.

  11. Melissa says:

    Not all women are comfortable in dresses. When my wife and I married we both wore white linen. Matching shirts her in a long flowing skirt with flowers in her hair, me in white linen drawstring pants.
    We had all our guests form a circle and we stood in the middle in front of the Minister.
    GOOD FOR THEM !!!!!!

  12. laura says:

    Se o casamento foi válido ou não,o fato de a melissa usar terno,não importa. O que importa é que elas arrasaram no figurino. E dá pra ver que elas se amam de verdade. Desejo toda felicidades do mundo pra elas.

  13. Tiago says:

    A melissa sempre arrasa!!!