There was a quote in "Alex Haley's Queen" which was advertised by CBS-TV a long time ago, it reads:
Her father denied her his name. Her family denied her love. Her country denied her freedom. But no one could deny her courage.
I could do the same for Melissa Etheridge.
Her country denied her the right to marry. But no one could deny her courage.
As a lesbian who also underwent the chemotherapy for breast cancer, she is courageous and seeing the picture with her courage, she does not hide it nor is sorrowful about it. By her presence, she defied the religous doomsayers.
Cheers to Melissa Etheridge,