Rocker Melissa Etheridge has said she wants the right to marry so she can get divorced.

Last April, Etheridge split from Tammy Lynn Michaels, her partner of 9 years. In separate filings to end their California domestic partnership, each claim “irreconcilable differences.” Etheridge is asking the court for joint custody of the couple's twin 4-year-old children, son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose. Michaels, who gave birth to the twins, says she wants full custody of the children with visitation rights for Etheridge.

Michaels claims in her filing that the pair were married, which Etheridge has denied.

In an interview with Australia's The Daily Telegraph, Etheridge noted her own circumstance in calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to support marriage equality.

“It's not so much that I want to get married, as I want to get divorced,” Etheridge said.

“It's kind of ridiculous that we are completely contributing citizens and in this day and age, we all understand that this notion of right or wrong or sinful really has no place in our civil rights for people.”

“So I think it is good for any nation, any country to embrace all of its people and all of the inalienable rights in all of us because that is the only way we are going to find any peace in our world is if we embrace all the differences,” she added.