Melissa Etheridge Talks Supreme Court Decision and Newlywed Bliss: 'I've Never Been Happier'
By Sophie Schillaci
Melissa Etheridge has much to celebrate these days.
The 53-year-old singer-songwriter married her partner Linda Wallem earlier this year and on Tuesday, she released her first-ever independent album, This Is M.E. "I've never been happier or healthier," Etheridge tells Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell and special guest co-host LL Cool J of her newlywed bliss.
The singer also reacts to the Supreme Court's recent refusal to hear cases from five states seeking to keep same-sex marriage bans in place. As of Monday, same-sex marriage is now legal in Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana.
"It's natural," she says of the decision. "We have been in a process in the last 20 years of trying to take the 'ew' out of it. Of normalizing something that -- I know when I was a kid, it was criminal. You were mentally ill or something.
"It takes time," she adds. "And it's about love. We’re not hurting anybody."