Pop sensation Lady Gaga is beefing up her opposition to the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
In a nearly eight-minute video posted on YouTube Friday, the culinary couture wearer urges fans to make calls to their elected officials in order to help overturn the government’s ban on gays in the military.
Gaga — an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community that is a large part of her fanbase — directly addressed former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and other members of congress who are opposed to overturning the policy. Her outcry came days after she took a group of Air Force members and soldiers, discharged for being gay, as her dates to the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday.
“I’m here to be a voice of my generation. Not the generation of the senators who are voting, but for he youth of this country, the generation that is affected by this law and whose children will be affected….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,” Gaga said in the video.
“Senators, when you’re sending our men and women to war, when you’re sending our wives, husbands, sons and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American’s life is more valuable than another?” she pleaded.
Earlier this week, Gaga and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became unlikely Twitter pals after the pop star challenged the politician over the US military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
“Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so,” Reid wrote replying to Gaga directly.
“God Bless and Thank You, Harry Reid, from all of us, like you, who believe in equality and the dream of this country,” an ecstatic Gaga wrote back.
A vote to repeal the military’s ban of openly gay and lesbian soldiers had already been planned for next week. Sen. McCain has promised to filibuster when the policy comes up for vote in the Senate next week.