Lady Gaga has long supported a repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, but this week she has been especially active in the cause. At Sunday’s VMAs she walked the white carpet with four members of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a group that opposes the policy. And in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired Monday, Gaga asked her fans to contact Senator Harry Reid, the politician leading the charge to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and ask that he set in motion a vote on the matter. And then, the Senator himself reached out to Gaga on Twitter.
“There is a vote on [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so,” Reid wrote in a tweet addressed to Lady Gaga. “God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid, from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this country. We were #BORNTHISWAY,” Gaga wrote in reply (while referencing the title of her next album.) Reid ended the unlikely corresponce this way: “It’s the right thing to do. Come back to Vegas soon!”
Reid later said that next week’s vote was planned prior to Gaga’s call to her fans. “Senator Reid has reiterated his commitment to repealing the military’s ban on gays serving in our armed forces. This afternoon, he informed Republicans that he intends to bring the Defense Authorization Bill — including the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy — to the Senate Floor next week,” a statement on Reid’s web site said. Meanwhile, the SLDN is imploring people to “answer Lady Gaga’s call” and contact their senators to demand they “vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments” before next week’s vote.