Friday, 17 September 2010

Pop singer to politician: Lady Gaga asks the US senate to end 'don't ask, don't tell' regime


By Sophie Forbes

Future President: Lady Gaga posted a video clip on her Twitter page today asking the US Senate to abolish the "Don't ask, don't tell' law

Is she planning on running for President?

Lady Gaga used her huge global fan base and resulting public influence to reach out to the United States government yesterday about an issue close to hear heart.

The 24-year-old singer, who on Sunday swept the board at the MTV Video Music Awards taking home eight gongs, recorded a video which she posted on her Twitter asking for the abolition of the 'Don't ask, Don't tell' legislation which forces gay and lesbian servicemen and women to live in secrecy or risk being discharged.

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In the seven and a half minute clip, Gaga, dressed in a black suit and tie over a white shirt, sits in front of an American flag and asks her 6 million Twitter followers to urge the US Senate to overturn the 1993 legislation by contacting their local senators personally.

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

'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 honorable service or how valuable they may have been to their units,' says the singer in the video.

Make a difference: She asked her 'fellow Americans' to help by contacting their local senators directly

'I have called both of the senators that operate in my district. I will not stop calling until I reach them,' she says
'I am here to be a voice for my generation,' she says.

'We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality. We’re asking you to do your job – to protect the constitution.'

'Ultimately the law is being enforced by using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets,' Gaga says.

'Not only is the law unconstitutional, but it’s not even being properly or fairly enforced by the government.'

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.

On the night she won 8 out of the 9 awards she was nominated for.

source: dailymail

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