Jane Lynch, out lesbian actress and star of the hit TV series “Glee," has announced a planned spring wedding to her girlfriend, psychologist Dr. Laura Embry. The marriage is scheduled to take place this coming May.
Lynch first disclosed that she was in a committed relationship to the UK publication the Guardian when she identified her girlfriend as her date to the recent Golden Globes ceremony. The New York Times’s Carpetbagger blog then picked up the story in the States. During a post-Golden Globe party celebrating "Glee"s awards, Lynch made an off-hand comment to the Times reporter on her upcoming nuptials, ending with a heavy handed pun: "It’s good to be on the winning team,” Lynch remarked, channeling her “Glee” character.
Lynch was nominated for a Golden Globe for her depiction of Sue Sylvester, the obsessive coach on the hit Fox series. She also received the “Best Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” prize at January’s SAG Awards. Lynch, an actress for over two decades, has starred in popular big screen comedies such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and,“Role Models"; she also notably played shark-like butch lesbian lawyer (and Cybill Shepherd’s clinging girlfriend) in the now off-air lesbian drama "The L Word."
Lynch’s real life girlfriend Dr. Laura Embry gained notoriety in her own right in 2009 due to her triumph in a same-sex custody battle for her two children with her former partner. Embry and her former girlfriend each gave birth to one child, and each adopted her non-biological child via a second-parent adoption. The couple later moved to Florida, and their relationship ended several years after that. Embry and her previous partner agreed to share custody of both children and did so until Embry’s former partner made a decision to separate contact between Embry and her child. The National Center for Lesbian Rights represented Embry in her initial suit for shared custody. On May 13, 2009, the Florida Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Embry, holding that she “must be given the same rights as any other adoptive parent in Florida.” Embry earned a Justice Award from the National Center for Lesbian Rights in recognition of her efforts on behalf of all lesbian mothers and their civil rights.