"Today the gay citizenry of this state will pick themselves up and dust themselves off and do what we have been doing for years. We will get back into it. We love this state, we love this country and we are not going to leave it. Even though we could be married in Massachusetts or Connecticut, Canada, Holland, Spain and a handful of other countries, this is our home. This is where we work and play and raise our families. We will not rest until we have the full rights of any other citizen. It is that simple -- no fearful vote will ever stop us. That is not the American way."
Etheridge came out publicly as a lesbian in 1993. In 2003 she married actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. They had twins in October 2006.