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Gaga asks US senate to end anti-gay army policy

Last Updated: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 20:42

Los Angeles: Pop`s reigning queen, Lady Gaga has spoken out against the `Don`t ask, Don`t tell` US legislation which forces gay and lesbian servicemen and women to live in secrecy or risk being discharged.
The `Poker Face` hitmaker, an avowed gay rights activist, posted a video on Twitter asking her 6 million followers to urge the US Senate to overturn the 1993 legislation by contacting their local senators personally.

In the seven and a half minute clip, the 24-year-old, sat in front of an American flag, conservatively dressed in a black suit and tie.

"Since then (1993) 14,000 Americans have been discharged from the armed forces, refused the right to serve their country and sent home regardless of honourable service or how valuable they may have been to their units," says the singer in the video.

She followed the clip with a tweet professing her love of US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who promptly responded with an invitation to visit him in Las Vegas.

"I have called both of the senators that operate in my district. Ultimately the law is being enforced by using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets. Not only is the law unconstitutional, but it`s not even being properly or fairly enforced by the government," she added.

The `Bad Romance` singer actually brought four solders with her to the MTV Video Music Awards who had been discharged under this law or voluntarily left due to negative pressures and was escorted down the red carpet by them.


First Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 20:42
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