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Gaga appeals to senate after Pentagon study shows major support for DADT repeal

December 1, 2010

You know so often celebrities are only written about when they are seen leaving a club with their underpants off, or when they have been been found cheating on their wife with a bevy of questionable young women.

But there are plenty out there who do good, and use their name to help shed light on issues – one such person is Lady Gaga.

If you have noticed, on the sidebar of my blog I have a number of support banners – one is a banner for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).

I chose to create that banner using words Lady Gaga herself spoke when addressing gay servicemen and women earlier this year – her words are poinant and very moving.

Now with the Pentagon publishing a review on the impact of DADT, which shows a repeal would be fully endorsed, Gaga has once again taken to video to record an empassioned plea to the Senators who will vote on this issue. (See below for video)

“We’ve known for many years that an overwhelming majority of Americans are ready to repeal…Senators, you have been put on notice by me and by the people of this country. You said you would debate and address this law when the Pentagon returned with a strategy, and tomorrow morning you will have it. So will you keep your word? Please keep your word.”

One can only hope that the Republican senators stance to filibuster any Democrat legistaltion in the lame duck session will have no impact on the repeal of DADT.  And of course one has to get around Sen. John McCain who while once being for a repeal should the Pentagon show it supports it, has since been on one of the most nauseating rounds of flip flop since he lost the Presidential election and over the past weekend said:

“How best are you going to assess the effect on morale and battle effectiveness and retention unless you consult and find out what the view of the troops is?….”I’m paying attention to the commandant of the Marine Corps,” he said. “I’m paying attention to the other three service chiefs who have serious concerns. They are the four guys who are directly in charge. In all due respect, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is not directly in charge of the troops. The Secretary of Defense is a political appointee who’s never been in the military. And the president, obviously, has had no background or experience in the military whatsoever. It was a campaign pledge to the gay and lesbian community.”

McCain is constantly moving the goalposts as he panders further and further to the far right elements of the Republican base. But McCain forgets that it is the “Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs after consultation with the chiefs” who “dictate how military policy decisions are made”.

When America’s key allies have openly welcomed gay and lesbian service members, it seems odd that America would continue to ally itself with countries such as Iran etc who persecute GBLT members of the community and outright ban them from their military.

DADT repeal will be welcomed.  We know the President can not revoke it himself as it was legislation passed by lawmakers, but there is no good reason why it has to stay – DADT has undermined unit cohesion and allowed spying on individuals to out gay and lesbian service personnel and propped up homophobia by allowing some straight personnel to persecute their comrades if they suspect they may be gay.  This includes gay men and women being forciably outted – Nathaniel Frank’s new book, “Unfriendly Fire” is a very well researched and good read on how destructive DADT has been.

Repeal DADT – NOW!

I leave the rest to Gaga:


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