Lady Gaga Calls for Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The “Bad Romance” singer, who counts a sizable gay contingent among her following, is exerting her influence to ensure that 1993’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compromise legislation, which allows gays to serve in the military as long as they remain closeted, is repealed during a vote next week. (The repeal vote would likely take place during a vote on the Pentagon’s budget.)
In an open letter to her audience and the general public, Gaga encouraged people to contact Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, along with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Arizona Senator John McCain, and demand that they vote to overturn DADT:
“Tell Sen. Harry Reid and your home state senators to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ by voting the week of September 20 in Washington, D.C. … If the defense budget bill doesn’t move to the Senate floor by the end of this month, DADT repeal may not happen for several more years.”
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was declared unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds last week by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips of Riverside, California, though the ruling did not have the effect of immediately overturning the policy.
Gaga, who was escorted to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday by two gay soldiers who had been negatively affected by the policy, made a similar plea during her interview with Ellen DeGeneres following her performance at the awards show. Check it out below:
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