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Lady Gaga to Rally For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

With a Tuesday Senate vote scheduled, Gaga travels to Maine to convince the state's undecided senators to help repeal the controversial policy

September 20, 2010 10:31 AM ET

Lady Gaga will appear at a rally in Maine today with the hopes of convincing the state's two Republican senators to help repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." A Senate vote will take place tomorrow afternoon, and Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe both remain undecided on the issue, CNN reports. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a grassroots group leading the charge against the policy, estimate that they're currently short of the 60 Senate votes needed to repeal the controversial bill. Both gay and straight members of the military will join Gaga at the rally.

See Lady Gaga's Wild Looks

Previously, Gaga and Nevada Senator Harry Reid discussed repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Twitter, and last week Lady Gaga posted a seven-minute video on YouTube to gain support for the repeal fight. Watch as above as Gaga takes aim at senator and former presidential candidate John McCain for attempting to stop Tuesday's vote with a filibuster.

Photos: Lady Gaga's Monster Influences

In other Lady Gaga news, The Fame singer once again leads the field with the most nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, taking place in Madrid on November 7th. Gaga is up for Best Video ("Telephone" with Beyonce), Best Song ("Bad Romance"), Best Pop, Best Female and Best Live Act, Reuters writes.

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