Lady Gaga in Portland to seek support for ending 'don't ask, don't tell'

PORTLAND — Known for her bold statements and even bolder attire, pop diva Lady Gaga arrives in Portland Monday afternoon to stomp for a political platform she launched last week during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Lady Gaga is seen backstage after accepting the award for Video of the Year for "Bad Romance" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

The Washington Post reported Sunday night that the celebrated musician will speak out at a political rally aimed at pressuring Maine U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to vote Tuesday in favor of the annual defense appropriations bill that includes language repealing the law prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving in uniform.

The law is enforced by the infamous "don't ask, don't tell" policy" established in 1993 by an executive order of then-President Bill Clinton.

According to The Washington Post, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to hold a cloture vote on the annual defense appropriations bill Tuesday afternoon. Collins and Snowe have yet to announce how they plan to vote.

The D.C.-based newspaper reports that a group led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are threatening to vote against cloture to protest Reid's plans to add an immigration-related amendment to the defense bill, arguing that unrelated amendments should not be added to a bill setting military policy.

Gaga will join representatives of the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network, a legal group assisting troops impacted by the law, during a rally at 4 p.m. in Deering Oaks Park.

The Portland Press Herald reported Sunday night that Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Service Members Legal Defense Network, said Lady Gaga is a passionate supporter of repealing the policy. She went on to say that the musician views Maine's two Republican senators as holding critical votes to breaking a threatened Republican filibuster.

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Ron Hubbard's picture

Really????

If she really wants to do something in Maine she should put on her meat dress and go up north and go Bear huntin......

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Thanks

Thanks go to Lady Gaga for being an advocate of equal rights for all people but especially for giving her support to the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell". Let all citizens serve without fear from the country they wish to serve! Doesn't anybody that wishes to serve in the military deserve enough respect for being willing to stand in front of a bullet or bomb? This really shouldn't be such a big deal but sadly it is. Realize that gays and lesbians willing to serve do so for the same reasons any straight person would? There's no shame in that. They deserve our respect, our thanks and our support. Please support the repeal of DADT.

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Like I posted earlier, it

Like I posted earlier, it never was a big deal before politicians decided to make it an election issue. DADT should die but as posted by someone earlier, it will only go back to the old ways...it won't be a big victory for anyone. Maybe that's the way it should be.

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Send Gaga out there to fight

Send Gaga out there to fight all the wars, people will run the other way when they see her. I sure would not want her to represent me for anything. And contrary to what they say, all gays are not the only ones in the military that act as interperters.

RONALD RIML's picture

I've seen some neat 'Interpretive Dancing" by Marines

in the Gin Mills at Olongapo

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Olongapo

Ahh I good times for all in Subic Bay.

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Wrong

I think it is a crossdresser.

Steve Bulger's picture

Only one part of the equation

Even if Congress succeeds in repealing the "Don't Asik, Don't Tell" policy enforced under federal law Pub.L. 103-160 (10 U.S.C. § 654), there remains the sticky (no pun intended) issue of Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So, even if DADT is repealed, military servicemembers can still be prosecuted under the UCMJ which is based under 10 U.S.C. Chapter 47.

RONALD RIML's picture

You mean Article 125 - Sodomy - where one can be

Prosecuted for going down on their wife or girlfriend??? Like when's the last time that was applied, Steve??? Get real!!!

ART. 125. SODOMY

(a) Any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Penetration , however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.

Steve Bulger's picture

What's the beef, Ron?

No value judgement in my statement; merely stating fact. If homosexuals want equality in the military, they need more than just the repeal of DADT.
Incidentally, your avatar isn't clear enough to identify your rating - is that a BM1?

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Gays fared better in the

Gays fared better in the military before DADT. Everyone knew... only the most juvenile cared. It was when Washington decided to make a social experiment of it that it all became a circus.

RONALD RIML's picture

FTM1

My parents were married.... ;)

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don't ask, don't tell, don't

don't ask, don't tell, don't care
do your job, do it to the best of your ability, who you do in your free time is not my concern

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Typo

I believe the S/J should have proof read the article before posting it It should have read Lady Gag Her.

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Great, a 24 year old know

Great, a 24 year old know nothing flash in the pan is going to tell the US how to run the military. Maybe she should join up.

RONALD RIML's picture

So, we've got Palin telling us how to run the country -

And she couldn't even last her single term as governor in Alaska. So why not a Lesbian cheerleading for DADT? It appears she can't follow your suggestion of 'joining up' there, Bob. Shouldn't you have known that??

RONALD RIML's picture

So Palin quit for "Higher Office?" - Bwa-ha-hhaaa-HAA!!

So you believe Sarah Palin is more of a 'Subject Matter Expert' on the Gay and Lesbian world than 'Lady Gaga?'

It must be inside information you're privy to; I won't even ask.

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