Lady Gaga is all for gay rights
In support of repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell laws that prevent gays and lesbians from serving in the military, Lady Gaga said at a rally that ‘equality is the prime rib of America’.entertainment Updated: Sep 21, 2010 19:52 IST
In support of repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell laws that prevent gays and lesbians from serving in the military, Lady Gaga said at a rally that ‘equality is the prime rib of America’.
She also said that everyone should have the right to wear a "meat dress".
The pop star visited the state of Maine ahead of a key Senate vote to urge its two US senators to help repeal the military's ban on gays serving openly.
More than 2,000 people attended a rally at Deering Oaks Park, where the Grammy Award-winning singer stood alongside Air Force, Army and Marine veterans who were discharged because of the policy, which prohibits service members from revealing if they're gay and recruiters from asking about people's sexual orientations.
Gaga railed against what she called the injustice of having goodhearted gay soldiers thrown out of the military while straight soldiers who harbour hatred toward homosexuals were allowed to fight for their country.
She began her speech by saying, "My address to you today is called 'The Prime Rib of America'."
She added that by shunning homosexuals the US military doesn't "get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer". Lady Gaga made the "Prime Rib" address little over a week after she wore her now infamous 'meat-dress' to the Music Video Awards ceremony."Shouldn't everyone deserve the right to wear the same meat dress that I do? Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell' or go home," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.
"I am here to be a voice for my generation. Ultimately the law is being enforced by using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets," she added. The singer said that the policy was "unjust" and against everything Americans stood for.
The rally was organized by Washington-based Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. The organization is trying to pressure Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine to vote to allow a repeal of the so-called "don't ask" policy, put in place in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton.
First Published: Sep 21, 2010 16:16 IST