Lady Gaga to rally in Maine against `don`t ask`

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 09:44 AM IST

Maine: Organizers say Lady Gaga is visiting Maine`s largest city to join a rally against the military`s "don`t ask, don`t tell" policy on gays.

The singer is expected to join a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network event near the University of Southern Maine`s Portland campus Monday. Network spokesman Trevor Thomas says she`ll stand alongside veterans discharged because of the policy, which forbids military recruiters from asking about people`s sexual orientations and prohibits service members from revealing if they`re gay.

The organization is trying to pressure Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine to vote to allow a repeal of the policy. Collins previously voted for a provision to repeal.

Lady Gaga recently called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to repeal the policy during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Her representatives haven`t returned e-mails seeking comment.

Bureau Report