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Don`t differentiate among soldiers on basis of sexuality, urges Gaga

Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 09:01 AM IST

London: Singer Lady Gaga has spoken out against the current policy in the US which prevents homosexuals from serving in the army.

Gaga gave a speech Monday urging the military to replace their `Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell` policy with her proposed alternative `If you don`t like it, you can go home`. The 24-year-old singer addressed a gathering of over 2,000 people in Maine.

"Doesn`t it seem to you that we should send home the prejudiced straight soldier who hates the gay soldier? I am here today because I want to propose a law called `If you don`t like it, you can go home`. A law that sends home the homophobes, that sends home the prejudiced," quoted Gaga as saying.

"If you are not committed to perform with excellence as a United States soldier because you don`t believe in full equality, go home. If you are not honourable enough to fight without prejudice, go home," she added.

The pop star was dressed in a black suit, a patriotic stars and stripes tie and a long white wig.

"Equality is the prime rib of what we stand for as a nation. And I don`t get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat that my country has to offer. Are you listening? Shouldn`t everyone deserve the right to wear the same meat dress that I did? Repeal `Don`t ask, Don`t tell`," she said.

Gaga, who had recently revealed in a video blog that she wants to be the voice of her generation, also wants the government to be answerable to the public.

"I`m here today in this park, in Maine, to say that, if the Senate and the president are not going to repeal this `Don`t Ask, Don`t Tell` policy, perhaps they should be more clear with us about who the military is fighting for, who our tax dollars are supporting and, ultimately, how much does the prime rib cost?"