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Melissa Etheridge splits from her partner of nearly 9 years

April 15, 2010 |  6:20 pm

Etheridge Rocker Melissa Etheridge and her actress partner Tammy Etheridge have split after nearly nine years together, People reports.

The two have a twin son and daughter, born in 2006; Melissa has two older children with her previous partner, Julie Cypher (and a little help from David Crosby).

Tammy stopped going by the name Tammy Lynn Michaels after she and Melissa exchanged vows in Malibu in 2003 under what was then a newly revised domestic partner law in California. Melissa blogged about Prop. 8 in the wake of its passage in 2008, suggesting she be let off the hook for state income taxes because California didn't consider her a full citizen. 

A rep for the two said they were "saddened" to announce their split.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Melissa Etheridge, left, and Tammy Etheridge arrive at the 24th annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Pop Music Awards on April 18, 2007, in Los Angeles. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.

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