SCOTUS Ruling Boosts Celebrity Engagements, Who is Getting Hitched?

by | June 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM | Celebrity Weddings, General, LGBT

Melissa Etheridge; Linda Wallem (Getty Images Entertainment)

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples were entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples and choosing not to overrule a lower court’s decision that a ban on gay marriage in California was unconstitutional, wedding bells are in the works for several celebrity couples.

Singer Melissa Etheridge told CNN shortly after the announcement that she was officially engaged to partner Linda Wallem now that gay marriage is legal in California.

“I woke them up this morning telling them the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, and I’m so proud of my daughter Bailey, my son Beckett, and Johnnie Rose and Miller, and Linda, I love you all, I love everybody out there. It’s a great day.”

She later tweeted the news to her followers as well, writing “I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties … and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem.”

Meanwhile, Food Network star Ted Allen also announced that he and longtime partner Barry Rice are heading to the alter.

“Proud to announce on this historic day that my partner of 20 years, Barry Rice, and I are engaged to be married. :)” the “Chopped” host tweeted Wednesday.

“We discussed it for years,” he told the Huffington Post. “As celebratory as it is to have states permit marriage, we’ve always wanted to wait for the real thing when it was genuinely recognized by the federal government of the greatest country on earth.”