1. Headline
  1. Headline
Image: Melissa Etheridge
Kevin Winter  /  Getty Images
Melissa Etheridge spoke out about gay marriage on "The View."
Access Hollywood
updated 12/17/2008 8:26:41 PM ET 2008-12-18T01:26:41

The ladies of “The View” kept the conversation hot when singer Melissa Etheridge stopped by the ABC daytime chat fest Tuesday morning to talk about the fight for marriage equality.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if Etheridge felt the 2008 election was bittersweet with California’s passing of Proposition 8, which attempted to amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

“To see human rights be up for a vote in Proposition 8, and to have people vote to take away rights, is to me, at the core, very un-American,” Etheridge said. “It was very hard to see when it passed, and it passed by such a small number.”

Hasselbeck inquired if the singer now felt more pessimistic about the future of gay rights and marriage equality.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

“A huge outcry came out from it. I’m finally seeing people actually making the case for marriage equality everywhere, it’s not just just in the gay community,” Etheridge explained.

Etheridge went on to commend host Whoopi Goldberg’s comments regarding the issue and confronted Hasselbeck about hers.

“I was saddened by your conversation,” Etheridge said to Hasselbeck. “I felt you misled people,” referring to a previous discussion on the show about a priest who was put in jail for not marrying people.

Hasselbeck explained they were simply discussing the different perspectives and view points.

Etheridge stressed how those most affected by the passing of Prop 8 would be her children.

“It’s about equal protection under the law, my family, my children,” the singer told “The View” ladies.

“It should be equal.” Hasselbeck chimed in.

A stunned Etheridge asked Hasselbeck, “So, you’re saying you’re for gay marriage?”

“For me it’s not a personal issue, it’s a legal issue,” Hasselbeck explained. “I think it should come from the people, I don’t think that activist judges should be deciding what is right for the rest of the country.”

“So, you’re saying the majority should vote on the minority?” Etheridge asked.

“Look, we’ve had mistakes in the past, I agree,” Hasselbeck conceded.

Before the issue could really explode, Sherri Shepherd interrupted, saying they were unfortunately out of time.

“Let’s have lunch and talk about it,” Hasselbeck suggested, as the ladies shared a good laugh.

And despite their differences on the issue, the segment ended on a high note.

“But, I love you,” Etheridge told Hasselbeck.

“I love you too,” Hasselbeck added.

Copyright 2013 by NBC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

More on TODAY.com

  1. Courtesy of Hockley family

    Sandy Hook mom: Shootings changed how we feel about going back to school

    8/29/2014 1:02:40 PM +00:00 2014-08-29T13:02:40
  1. Courtesy Andreas Kleinke

    'Brand new mini': Former Apple employee's baby announcement is charming

    8/29/2014 4:28:59 PM +00:00 2014-08-29T16:28:59
  1. Ben Garvin via Instagram

    Bill Murray sighting actually makes perfect sense for once

    8/29/2014 7:18:44 PM +00:00 2014-08-29T19:18:44
  1. Ariana Grande brings her ‘Everything,' huge crowd to TODAY plaza

    When you’ve got pop’s reigning princess making a royal visit to your show, what do you do? In the case of TODAY Friday, you just hand over the keys to the kingdom.

    8/29/2014 12:46:14 PM +00:00 2014-08-29T12:46:14
  2. video Pop star performs her No. 1 hit, ‘Problem’

    video The singer performs her hit tune on the TODAY plaza. Her second album, “My Everything,” is already No. 1 on iTunes in 80 countries.

    8/29/2014 6:49:03 PM +00:00 2014-08-29T18:49:03
  3. Ariana Grande on how she played off her most embarrassing on-stage moment

    Reigning princess of pop Ariana Grande exudes confidence on stage these days, but she says that wasn't always the case. Watch the video to find out how Grande played off a rocky moment during a performance.

    8/29/2014 4:35:57 PM +00:00 2014-08-29T16:35:57
  4. Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images