Lady Gaga Brings The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal To The MTV Video Music Awards

Lady Gaga last night brought the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the MTV Music Video Awards when she arrived on the red carpet  with four openly gay U.S. soldiers, all recently discharged from the military under the DADT Policy.

Gaga escorted former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, former Air Force Major Mike Almy, and former U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Stacy Vasquez, who were discharged under the policy, and former West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned last month in protest of the policy. The four are represented by the nonpartisan Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which is pushing for repeal. SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis said Gaga’s move “casts a spotlight on the unjust burden that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day, and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good.”

Gaga also typed her support for a repeal on Twitter: “Silks, fabrics, shoes + jewels, fashion dreams + breaking rules. Real heroes on my arm, tonight, is for us monsters, and our fight. X.” Her Web site also will direct supporters to call the U.S. Capitol switchboard to urge the Senate to include a repeal in the annual Defense spending bill. The House’s version of the bill already includes a repeal.

Gaga won 9 Awards out of her 15 Moninations, including Best Music Video for “Bad Romance”

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