Melissa Etheridge quits paying her taxes

November 7th, 2008 // 300 Comments

Melissa Etheridge has decided to take a drastic approach to the passing of Proposition 8 in California: She’s not paying her state taxes. The singer posted on The Daily Beast letting the Governator and state officials know she’ll be enjoying the extra money in protest to the banning of gay marriage after it was already made legal:

Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.
Okay, cool I don’t mean to get too personal here but there is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California. Oh, and I am sure Ellen will be a little excited to keep her bazillion bucks that she pays in taxes too. Wow, come to think of it, there are quite a few of us fortunate gay folks that will be having some extra cash this year. What recession? We’re gay!
Oh and too bad California, I know you were looking forward to the revenue from all of those extra marriages. I guess you will have to find some other way to get out of the budget trouble you are in.

Wait. You can withhold your taxes to protest asinine laws? Nice! I quit paying mine too – until every single strip club across this great nation is free of discriminatory pasties legislation. Because, America, I have a dream that nipples will no longer be segregated from my eyesight over by the chicken wing table. DON’T TREAD ON ME!

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  1. VdubVdub

    Lesbians are tax exempt, right?

  2. LawnGnome

    The people voted. Get over it.

  3. Its all so clear now

    Oh wait I see, she wants to get tossed in jail with the other lesbians to celebrate or something.

  4. Megan

    What she’s saying absolutely makes sense, and I find it absolutely appalling that we’re even allowed to take away someone’s rights when they’ve done nothing wrong. However, they’ll probably just fine her, arrest her, etc, for not paying her taxes.
    It’s a sad world we live in.

  5. I am a lesbian trapped in a mans body. Does that mean I can stop paying my California State income taxes? and how about the F’ing sales tax.

  6. Me 2

    She’s so right. You can’t expect people to pay the same taxes as other tax payers if they don’t have the same rights as other tax payers. Proposition 8 is stupid, I don’t understand why anyone would care so much as to go out of their way to say that gays can’t marry. Worry about your own life.

  7. Rant

    They have no life. They feel important dictating how others should live.

  8. Victoria

    @2

    That’s probably easy to say when it doesn’t affect you.

    The hell with everyone else’s rights….

  9. Christine

    Well good for her. I respect the stance she is taking.

  10. Blah Blah

    If she doesn’t pay her taxes, then she can enjoy the comforts of prison, where she’ll be celebrated as a dyke.

    Dumb bitch!

  11. God

    Homosexuality is a psychological disorder, it’s a sickness. Do we let murderers keep murdering people because they like to kill people? No. Either put them in jail or get some medical help.

    What she needs is a stiff dick. Problem is, she’s so disgustingly ugly and repulsive nobody would be willing to sacrifice their cock to that sewage pit she calls a vagina, not even after a 12 pack and 8 shots of jagr would I touch that shit.

    Fuck all you homo’s.

  12. Jack Smith

    OH, CRY ME A RIVER! NOBODY CARES THAT YOU’RE GAY. AND NO, WE DON’T NEED YOUR TAXES. Matter of fact, you could solve this entire problem by taking your millions and buying an island and moving there. Everyone wins!

  13. Scott

    Idiot. You can’t just obey the rules you like.

  14. bubba

    if we went to a federal sales tax, would we have to declare table dances?

  15. Bickus Dickus

    Obamma got elected and I don’t like his tax laws, so can I quit paying my taxes too?

    Go get some cock Etheredge you dumb fucking retard

  16. frc

    Not paying taxes is a method of protest that’s been around a long time. There was this guy named Thoreau, for example. I think it’s a brilliant idea that anyone brave enough should try. Creating second class citizens is a very loathsome thing for our nation to do, and it is a cause worthy of such a strong response.

  17. Heather

    10,11,&12
    You guys are idiots. Homosexuality stopped being a psychological disorder in the fifties. It’s busybodies like you who got Prop 8 passed in the first place. Why not? It doesnt matter to you. At the end of the day, you can still drink beer on the porch and try to pick up some redneck women, as they were the only people to fuck you anyway.
    P.S. I’m pretty sure God wouldn’t have used the possessive form of homos.
    Dumbass.

  18. The people of California voted on this. WTF?
    Everybody who voted had their say. WTF?

    The real travesty here is with the courts who ignored the law in the first place and allowed this shit to happen. Creating and ignoring laws as a sitting judge is the real issue here, not to mention enforcing the damn law.

    Maybe she and Wesley Snipes should hook up for an educational experience.

    Do not fuck with the IRS, they will lock your ass up, period.

  19. bob

    Thats 52.5%. Why try and lie about how many people really voted for it in her post?

  20. bob

    Thats 52.5%. Why try and lie about how many people really voted for it in her post?

  21. Mike

    Wesley Snipes tried this too, this will turn out to be yet another yawn festival. Oh and everyone knows you’re a shitdick Fish.

  22. Megan

    lmao at the end of #17.
    And no, it is NOT a psychological disorder. Do some research, morons. That’s how shit like this gets passed. Because of the uninformed, I believe anything anyone tells me, unwilling to learn, unwilling to accept other cultures, and ignorant people that populate this country and have unfortunately been given the right to vote.

  23. Shes lazy

    While I agree with her in spirit there are other more productive ways to protest Prop-8 other than pouting, sitting on ones tosh and saying “I’m not paying taxes.” Taxes goes to infrastructure and many other social programs that people need. Taxes may also be used in many things we don’t approve of, like the war in Iraq. But, instead of doing something illegal, how about doing things the legal way (albeit this requires getting up off the couch), getting a bunch of people together and protesting what you feel is unjust. With her money she would have no problem advertising the event. But, I suppose this method is too difficult for individuals like her.

  24. Rosha

    I mourn her civil rights. It’s called discrimination you dumb fucks……

  25. someguy

    The rights of the minority should not be trampled by the tyranny of the majority.

    Seriously, think about it. Our country has a proud history of protecting the rights of the few, despite the protests of the majority. If you don’t like gay marriage, I think the best thing to do is to marry someone of the opposite gender, instead of treating people as second class citizens.

    Good on ya, Melissa !!!!

  26. Megan

    lmao at the end of #17.
    And no, it is NOT a psychological disorder. Do some research, morons. That’s how shit like this gets passed. Because of the uninformed, I believe anything anyone tells me, unwilling to learn, unwilling to accept other cultures, and ignorant people that populate this country and have unfortunately been given the right to vote.

  27. Lou Diamond Phillips

    Fuck you Etheridge you fucking homo.

    You plaster a disgusting picture of you and your wretched girlfriend and her bastard children of David Crosby on the cover of Rolling Stone as some sort of portrayal of how your gay marriage should be celebrated as successful and normal, and then a week later she leaves you for some cock. Most sickening thing I’ve ever seen. How are those children supposed to grow up?

  28. Uncle Eccoli

    This is pathetic. No one has created a second class of citizen, no one is denying anyone’s rights. You just can’t have the word. What’s the big deal? You know what? I can’t call myself a king, either. You know why? Because I’m NOT, no matter how much I may want to be considered one.

    Gays and so many other minorities wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if they couldn’t be victims anymore, if they couldn’t complain that they’re oppressed. This is a completely manufactured controversy designed to create a false sense of moral superiority among a population plagued by repressed (and baseless) shame.

  29. stupidignorants

    Homosexuality is NOT a psychological disorder, and it’s NOT a sickness, you fucking ignorant.

    It’s not like you were walking down the street and suddenly ‘cof cof, uhmm I think I might’ve cought the homo flue’…

  30. KoT

    I guess she won’t mind going to jail for tax evasion ’cause there’s lots of pussy in the clink. She’ll be right at home!

  31. supersex

    if it’ll get me out of paying taxes
    i’d eat pussy everyday too

    dumb ass

  32. Jesus Christ

    God gave man AIDS to rid the world of the homo’s. If it weren’t for science, homo’s couldn’t reproduce, and their sick DNA wouldn’t be passed on.

    Homosexuals are meant to die off and not reproduce, it’s natures way of telling you that you aren’t supposed to be here and you should die.

    Feed her to the Lions at the zoo, it would be more productive then her life has been so far….

  33. Uncle Eccoli

    @26

    Germany’s National Socialist party had loads of research to show people as well. Believing what one person tells you simply because they told you is no different than believing for the same reason what someone else told you. The bottom line is we don’t know the nature or cause of homosexuality. ALL of the passionate arguments on both sides are pointless propaganda. Why do I say so? It’s not because I’ve got strong feelings one way or the other, but rather because it DOESN’T FUCKING MATTER in the slightest. It is was it is regardless of whether we understand it or not. Causes or lack thereof have no bearing on the issue whatsoever.

  34. Mos

    Holy Shit, # 29, there’s a homo flu? I don’t want to catch it; better start getting rid of all these homos!

    No one’s abusing her civil rights or creating a second-class citizen. We have laws. To chicks having a “marriage” legally recognized isn’t one of them. Boo hoo. Go into porn or start enjoying the cock, and then you can get married.

    Also, # 24, it’s not called discrimination. It’s called the law of the land. You, for instance, can’t legally marry your mother, although I’m sure you’d really like to. It’s called morals and common sense, too.

  35. combustion8

    Weird, here I thought this is why we left it up to ALL the people to decide.

  36. Another lesbian

    A government by the people for the people..

    ALL PEOPLE.

    I agree with Melissa. California wants to portray itself all hip and modern, but look at it. Washed up old people afraid someone else’s happiness is going to spoil their own?

    If you gotta problem with gays… Look in your own closet because your subconscious is telling you something.

  37. Dr Phil

    29. stupidignorants – November 7, 2008 10:09 AM

    Homosexuality is NOT a psychological disorder, and it’s NOT a sickness, you fucking ignorant.

    It’s not like you were walking down the street and suddenly ‘cof cof, uhmm I think I might’ve cought the homo flue’…

    Actually, that’s EXACTLY how it happens..

  38. glace neuf

    i wouldn’t hit it, but i support equal rights to everyone. while i support obama, i am certainly disappointed in his gay marriage stance.

  39. Etheridge Rules

    You mean only man and woman can get divorced. As if anyone even takes marriage seriously anymore? All the hypocritical bible thumpers out there need to concentrate on themselves better people and get there noses out of everyone else’s business. People who support Prop 8 are a bunch of lonely, sad, brainwashed, boring cult freaks.

  40. Dina

    Taxes are not even Constitutional. Check out livefreenow.org

  41. farty_mcshitface

    i am happy they banned it. i am also happy this lousy cunt thinks she can just stop paying taxes too. i can’t wait to hear about when the irs evicts this lousy bitch out of her house. get your fucking civil union and be done with it mel.
    i am also glad that ellen paid $100,000 to try to rally support to stop the law but it obviously did no good. i hate the lousy bitch doing her stupid little dancing shit on her crappy show. she thinks shes being funny but i don’t want to see some lousy old dyke trying to show off her granny moves. after she came out, she got all preachy and annoying. and i am soooo sick of her.
    this is super awesome baby!
    once again marriage is where it belongs- the way it was always meant to be.
    and no i am not religious. i just get annoyed with these super-preachy homos acting like they are entitled to something when they are not. this is a good day for justice!!!

  42. Rachael

    What if she lived in another state, would she still pay taxes?

    I don’t care if she’s a lesbian. It’s the law. 51% of the people didn’t want you to be able to be married to another same sex person…reminds me of another really close decision from that same day…52% of the people wanted Obama and the rest didn’t. I didn’t want him. But I’m stuck with him and I’m still going to pay my (soon to be even higher) taxes and I’m not moving to a foreign country. She’s free to move to a new state.

  43. Shep

    In most states there’s no law that you have to file a tax return. 95 percent of the public just assume there is one. There is no income tax liability relative to American citizens. Saddest part is I’m Canadian and I know that from the research I’ve done about your corrupt government. Probably would serve you Americans better if you read a few things once in a while and got your information from other sources then your television. Odd how your tv didn’t tell you that when your government controls all the major media outlets. lol.

    1. There is no law which requires you to file an income tax return for working in America.
    2. There is no law which requires you to pay income tax for working in America.
    3. You volunteer when you sign a income tax return.
    4. You volunteer when you pay income tax.
    5. You sign away your 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination when you sign a tax return.
    6. The money which you pay as your ” income tax ” goes to a private banking cartel known as the Federal Reserve System. This organization, also known as the ” FED,” is NOT a government agency.

    Can’t be brain washed forever Americans but until then you can keep believing the only person behind the JFK assassination was Oswald, some guy in a cave planned 9/11 and you really went into Iraq to fight terrorism. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

  44. Bickus Dickus

    FUCK!!!!

    We just had to endure 72 hours of black people jumping up and down and crying like they just won the fucking Lottery because Obomma got elected,

    Now I gotta hear a fucking homo dyke cunt bitch whine about her fucking gay rights too??? Fuck that shit.

    Somebody give her a dirty sanchez……

  45. Disgusted

    The way you people think is revolting. If someone took away your rights, you would be reacting the same way. And yes, it IS like saying she is a second class citizen. She has a great point – if she has just been told that she doesn’t have the same rights as everyone else, why should she have to pay the same taxes? Get your homophobic head out of your ass and start thinking about it in terms of RIGHTS. Every human being should have the same rights you ignorant assholes!! RELIGION is the thing that says marriage is between a man and woman – and no where in the constitution does it bring up marriage. How in the world does this make sense?? Keep your religion to yourself.

  46. Disgusted

    The way you people think is revolting. If someone took away your rights, you would be reacting the same way. And yes, it IS like saying she is a second class citizen. She has a great point – if she has just been told that she doesn’t have the same rights as everyone else, why should she have to pay the same taxes? Get your homophobic head out of your ass and start thinking about it in terms of RIGHTS. Every human being should have the same rights you ignorant assholes!! RELIGION is the thing that says marriage is between a man and woman – and no where in the constitution does it bring up religion. How in the world does this make sense?? Keep your religion to yourself.

  47. Shep

    In most states there’s no law that you have to file a tax return. 95 percent of the public just assume there is one. There is no income tax liability relative to American citizens. Saddest part is I’m Canadian and I know that from the research I’ve done about your corrupt government. Probably would serve you Americans better if you read a few things once in a while and got your information from other sources then your television. Odd how your tv didn’t tell you that when your government controls all the major media outlets. lol.

    1. There is no law which requires you to file an income tax return for working in America.
    2. There is no law which requires you to pay income tax for working in America.
    3. You volunteer when you sign a income tax return.
    4. You volunteer when you pay income tax.
    5. You sign away your 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination when you sign a tax return.
    6. The money which you pay as your ” income tax ” goes to a private banking cartel known as the Federal Reserve System. This organization, also known as the ” FED,” is NOT a government agency.

    Can’t be brain washed forever Americans but until then you can keep believing the only person behind the JFK assassination was Oswald, some guy in a cave planned 9/11 and you really went into Iraq to fight terrorism. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

  48. God

    #32

    Uh, Jesus, you are officially disowned.

    I created AIDS to kill off a quarter of the Humans. AIDS is a heterosexual epidemic in that country Africa. And, with the insane politics of America, I will soon have all of those souls in hell too.

    Go say ‘Hello’ to your brother Lucifer because you’re going to be spending some time with him now.

    Yes, even God makes mistakes. And, unfortunately, you were a mistake. I should’ve never let Mary talk me into taking that LambSkin off of my eternal penis.

  49. Matt A.

    #35 – No, because it honestly shouldn’t be up to all the people to decide. That’s the problem with democracy, it conflicts with our Constitution sometimes. Because most of the people (51% in this case) are bigoted fucks. This is why we live in a representative republic instead of a true democracy, because supposedly our government officials such as congressmen and judges and the like should be able to legislate and judge things objectively.

    The problem with letting everyone vote on the civil rights of a minority is that, by definition, the minority is underrepresented. This is the same issues that racial minorities and women ran into.

    Seriously…name one single valid reason for disallowing homosexuals to marry that isn’t completely founded in religious bigotry.

    Oh, and on a side note…don’t any of you hate-spewing trolls have an ounce of empathy? Jesus Christ…*facepalm*

  50. Lugh

    Sorry Melissa, but this is a democracy. The issue went to the people and the people have spoken by a pretty decent margin (same as the margin by which Obama defeated McCain).

    You’re free to not pay your taxes, but same sex marriage is not a constitutional right. If people of the same sex can get married, then a man should be able to legally marry his daughter if they’re both consenting adults. A brother should be allowed to marry his sister. A man should be able to marry his dog.

    I know these sound like ridiculous arguments, but a lot of people find incest morally reprehensible and “unnatural,” just as they feel that gay marriage is unnatural. Enough people voted for this constitutional ban on gay marriage, so now you have to live with it.

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