Lady Gaga Uses MTV's Video Music Awards To Push For Repeal Of DADT
Last night Lady Gaga took the DADT fight to millions of MTV viewers when she took her seat in the front row with four openly gay U.S. soldiers, all recently discharged from the military. The Washington Post reports:
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."Last night Lady Gaga also launched a dedicated DADT section of her website, which links through to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. At the awards, Gaga won in eight of the fifteen categories, including the evening's top prize, Best Music Video, for Bad Romance.