TORONTO – American folk-rock duo Indigo Girls are currently touring Canada – and one of them is doing it as a newlywed.
Emily Saliers revealed Saturday night she tied the knot with her longtime partner, Alberta native Tristin Chipman.
Chipman, who works in the music business in Toronto, has been with Saliers for a decade and the couple has a nine-month-old baby.
During a break in the Indigo Girls concert at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre, Saliers told the audience she and Chipman were married in New York State.
Equal marriage is not yet legal in the Indigo Girls’ home state of Georgia.
It is not known when the couple made it official but, in an interview published in July, Saliers said they were not in a rush.
“If everything goes as we’re planning, we will be married in Canada,” she said. “But our hope is that we can live in the United States. We can’t stay in the United States if my partner is unable to work. It’s part of her freedom and her life, to work, if she chooses to. So we face that decision in the future.”
The 50-year-old singer has been lobbying the U.S. government to change immigration laws so Americans can sponsor their same-sex spouses.
“Even though we are a completely committed family, there is no way for me to sponsor Tristin for a green card to keep our family together,” Saliers wrote in an open letter in June.
The Indigo Girls perform Sunday night in Victoria before moving on to Kelowna, Nelson, Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Calgary, St. Albert, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Peterborough, Ottawa, Guelph, London and Halifax.
The Canadian tour wraps up Oct. 22 in Moncton.