Out singer Melissa Etheridge has applauded a Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized marriage equality in 11 states.

The high court on Monday allowed lower court orders striking down marriage bans in five states to stand when it refused to hear appeals in the cases.

Etheridge, who is promoting her latest studio album This is M.E., discussed the issue with Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell and guest co-host LL Cool J.

“It's natural,” she said of the decision. “We have been in a process in the last 20 years of trying to take the 'ew' out of it. Of normalizing something that – I know when I was a kid, it was criminal. You were mentally ill or something.”

“It takes time,” she added. “And it's about love. We're not hurting anybody.”

On her recent marriage to Linda Wallen, the creator of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, Etheridge said: “I've never been happier or healthier.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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