Musician Melissa Etheridge, 43, and her wife, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, 31, announced that they are expecting twins sometime this fall. Tammy is carrying the babies.

In a statement posted on Melissa’s web site, the couple said: "To answer the obvious question: we used an anonymous donor from a bank. These are our first two babies conceived together, but not our first time mothering together."

Melissa has two children (Bailey, 9, and Beckett, 7) from a previous relationship with Julie Cypher.

In anticipation of their arrival, Melissa and Tammy also said that "the twins will be a joyful addition to our loving home. We are a blessed family, and ask that no gifts be sent. Any gifts we receive we will donate to a local women’s shelter. However, well wishes are more than welcome!"

Melissa and Tammy have been together for five years and held a commitment ceremony in September 2003. They currently reside in California.