*Lady GaGa’s bid to force Congress to repeal the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy came up short when the Senate voted against starting debate on a new bill.
The pop superstar has been speaking out against the policy in recent weeks and appeared at a rally in Maine on Monday, September 20 to further campaign against the policy.
“The dedication from her was amazing,” said Trevor Thomas, spokesperson for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national organization dedicated to ending DADT. “She wrote the speech, did the research and talked to people, and it did exactly what we need to do – highlight the issue to young people and others who might not have heard about this cause. But most importantly, we did it in this key area we needed it in.”
Thomas shared with reporters that the singer took a 15-hour bus ride from North Carolina to show up in Maine the next day, writing her own address the whole way there.
But, despite gaining a lot of publicity and turning heads in Washington, D.C., GaGa’s efforts in the end weren’t nearly enough. A Republican-led filibuster blocked efforts to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy on gays serving openly in the military on Tuesday.
During the rally in Maine, GaGa stated, “I’m here today because I would like to propose a new law. A law which sends home the solider which has the problem. Our new law is called, ‘If you don’t like it, go home.'”
Read more about Lady Gaga’s DADT advocacy here.