The trio is among a number of celebrities backing the Say I Do drive by the Freedom To Marry group, which aims to legalise gay unions throughout America.
Martin Sheen, Eric McCormack, Rufus Wainwright and Melissa Etheridge have also signed the letter to the president, which calls on the politician to clarify his stance on same-sex weddings and bring an end to "exclusion from marriage" for homosexuals, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The letter reads, "Marriage is the coming together of two lives, marked by a public promise of love and responsibility in front of friends and family. And marriage brings not only public respect and personal significance, but also a safety net of legal protections, rights, and responsibilities for which there is no substitute."
Lesbian actress Lynch, who married her long term partner Dr. Lara Embry last year (10), writes, "My wife and I were married in May of 2010, and I can say without a doubt that marriage matters... As President Obama continues his journey toward recognising our right to equal taxation, protection and dignity under the law, I encourage him to listen to gay and lesbian couples and families so he can better understand how marriage equality affects us all."
It’s over for another one of Hollywood’s Golden Gay Couples. Rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner, director Julie Cypher, announced today that they are calling it quits after 12 years together, USA Today reports.
The couple has two small children.
“With the utmost of love and respect for one another, we have decided to separate,” the pair announced in a statement released by Island Records, Etheridge’s label. “As committed parents, our top priority continues to be what is in the best interest of our children. Though elements of our lives will change, our family will always remain intact.”
Cypher gave birth to the couple’s daughter, 2, and son, 1. They told Rolling Stone magazine in January that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young legend David Crosby was the children’s biological father, donating his sperm so that the pair could give birth through artificial insemination.
Cypher was previously married to “La Bamba” actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Etheridge’s hits include “Come to My Window” and the album “Yes, I Am,” a reference to her sexual orientation.
The Etheridge-Cypher split comes on the heels of the breakup of and Anne Heche, who called it quits in August after 2 ½ years together.
Heche recently has been linked with men ranging from a co-star (Vince Vaughn) to a director (Nick Cassavetes).
Columnist Liz Smith reports today that Heche's current love interest is actually a 28-year-old cameraman, a man Heche met during DeGeneres' concert tour who was working for the pair as they recorded a documentary about the concert for HBO.