Military Policy Interests Gaga

Posted on September 23, 2010 by

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Since 1993, about 13,000 military men and women have been discharged because of their sexual preference. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy (DADT) was created in 1993 by Bill Clinton to regulate homosexuals serving in the military. The Senate is now voting on whether this policy should be revised or maintained.

A poll taken by Pew Research Center in February says 61% of Americans are comfortable with homosexuals serving in the military, and 27% said they are not comfortable with it. A judge from California says the policy violates the constitutional guarantees of free-speech and due process; others say DADT violates civil rights as well. Some say it also diminishes the number of recruitable officers able to serve America. Democrats have most strongly favored to repeal the bill, and they are currently the majority in Washington.

To repeal the bill, Lady Gaga ditched her out-of-this-world fashion for a more professional outfit on Monday, September 20th, to attend a rally in Maine opposing the “Don’t Ask” policy.

Lady Gaga states, “Equality is the prime rib of America, but because I’m gay, I don’t get to have the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer.” She has also suggested a replacement for DADT: “If you don’t like it, go home.” This comment earned a big cheer from the crowd. The rally was an attempt to earn two senators’ votes to repeal the DADT bill in the upcoming fall mid-term election.

However, On September 21st, Republicans blocked Congress from repealing the ban on letting gays serve openly in the military. Gay rights activists now believe they have lost a major opportunity to change this law, especially if Democrats lose seats in the election.

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