Lady Gaga is once again calling on her "little monsters" to help out in her quest to have "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repealed.
The latest effort by the pop princess is a seven-minute YouTube video in which she singles out Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., by demanding they repeal the controversial policy. The law, put in place during the Clinton administration, restricts the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, and prohibits those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals from enrolling.
The New York native states that closeted members of the military are not only having to live in secrecy, but also being unfairly treated by the U.S. government. "SLDN's advocacy proves that these soldiers are being searched, superiors are going thru their emails and private belongings and calling family members and operating based on assumptions, ultimately the law is being enforced using gay profiling," Gaga said.
Gaga is releasing the video message to the public, in hopes that members of the Senate will see it as they prepare to take up the Defense Authorization Bill next week, the same bill that will repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell if passed after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tacked it onto the bill. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve the repeal earlier this year, only once a comprehensive survey of men and women in the armed forces had been conducted.
SLDN, or Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, has been catapulted to the forefront of the DADT issue by the singer. Just last week Lady Gaga, 24, took a group of homosexual soldiers that have been discharged from the military to the MTV Video Music Awards as her guests. And now, ladygaga.com has been dedicated to the cause, as you are redirected to the SLDN website as soon as you log on to the singer's homepage.
Though the overall tone of the YouTube clip is one of unity and equality, the singer blasted Arizona Senator John McCain for what she called his "shameless filibuster." McCain's spokesman has previously defended his stance, explaining that he "strongly believes in the importance of completing the comprehensive review of the ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law prior to taking any legislative action to repeal the policy." His spokesman added, "As all four Service Chiefs have stated, we should not short circuit the ongoing Pentagon review and thereby deny our men and women in uniform a chance to have their voices heard on an important issue that affects them and their service."
Gaga has kept the twittersphere hot with tweets to followers, urging them to contact their senators on the matter. She's even gotten personal, by addressing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid specifically. Reid's campaign promptly tweeted back: "There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so."
(AP Photo Above)