Within hours after the Supreme Court ruled in two cases related to gay marriage, singer Melissa Etheridge announced plans to marry partner Linda Wallem.

“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,” Etheridge said in a statement.

“Once again our constitution stands strong,” she added. “All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal.”

The 52-year-old Wallem is a creator and executive producer of premier cable network Showtime's Nurse Jackie.

The rulings clear the way for California to become the 13th state to legalize gay nuptials, and for the first time the federal government must recognize the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Etheridge, also 52, split from actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, her partner of 9 years, in 2011. They share joint custody of the couple's twin children, son Miller and daughter Johnnie Rose. Etheridge also shares joint custody of two children – Bailey Jean and Beckett – from a previous relationship with Julie Cypher.