September 17th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Lady Gaga calls on senators 'to do your job'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'."]

Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress "to do your job" - calling specifically on Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, James Inhoffe, and Jeff Sessions to vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes authorization to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' after a Pentagon review. Republicans have been blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor. 'Don't ask, don't tell', is the law that was created in 1993 and bans openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military.

In the almost 8-minute video posted on her website, the artist asks her fans to call their representatives and let their voice be heard: "Our fight is a continuum of the ever present equal rights movement, everyday we fight to abolish laws that harbor hatred and discrimination against all people, laws that infringe on our civil liberties," she says.

The singer, who in recent days has taken to her twitter account engaging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule a vote to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell," asks the senators these questions: "Senators when you are sending our men and women into war, sending our wives, husbands, sons, and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American's life is more valuable than another?"

Gaga herself also makes an unsuccessful attempt to reach her own senators, New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, but left this on camera message: "I am calling to ask the senator to vote with senators Harry Reid and Carl Levin to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' and to oppose John McCain's shameless filibuster. We need to do this for our gay and lesbian soldiers, and finally repeal 'don't ask, don't tell.'"

Gillibrand later posted her response via Twitter "@ladygaga Thx for calling. I couldn't agree more and am helping lead the fight to repeal DADT. Do you have a moment to talk later today?"

Gaga tweeted back, "@ChuckSchumer @SenGillibrand Thank you for responding, it means so much that you support us on this issue. Let's get this passed. Talk monday?"

Lady Gaga who was escorted by four soldiers who have been affected by 'don't ask, don't tell' to the MTV Video Music Awards this year, also shares that she was shocked to hear how much the soldiers who had been discharged missed serving their country. She tells congress, "We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality, we are asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution."

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. The reality is...

    If/when DADT is no longer in effect and the morale of military personnel is waning we can all thank these folks who put the gay and lesbians choice of lifestyle and feelings before the safety of the rest of the country.

    September 17, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. dan smith

    Where do all these pop star idiots come from anyway. Anyone else tired of hearing their stupid ranting.

    September 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. C Smith

    Its always amazing that Repubs tout smaller government, less control over individuals, but they are the ones right there telling someone they cannot serve their country, they should not be able to have an abortion, and heaven forbid everyone should be allowed to get married. But it must just be less government control over corporations......

    September 17, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If she is a citzen of the US, then she can lobby Congress all she wants. Will everyone agree with her, I don't think so.

    September 17, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Peter s

    This woman is becoming a public nuisance!! repealing laws is different from pealing bananas or dancing half naked infront of Cameras, however, having said that, I truly belive the goal of all human beings is to try to arrive at the best moral reasons for acting, to choose the morally right course of action, to do what we morally ought to do.

    September 17, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Jerry - Florida

    Lady Gaga, or whatever, please stick to your performing.

    Thank you!

    September 17, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Laura

    Oh this is really cute. Lady Gaga has ONE political agenda and she probably can't even tell someone what a political agenda is. This woman should stick with what she knows which is music.

    September 17, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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