With the Senate prepared to vote on a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy later this afternoon, an unexpected Twitter dialogue has emerged between New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, and pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Gaga has been working frantically for weeks to raise awareness and to urge the Senate to repeal what she calls a discriminatory military policy. Earlier in the week Gaga suited up for a rally in Portland, Maine, and recorded a lengthy message to the Senate. Addressing straight soldiers uncomfortable with homosexuals serving among them, Gaga suggested a new policy entitled “If you don’t like it, go home!”
Gaga’s passionate advocacy attracted the attention of the New York Senators, who took the time to Tweet about the impending vote and speak to Gaga personally about gay rights and their shared hope of repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” this afternoon.
Since its inception in 1993, the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law has resulted in the discharge of approximately 13,000 homosexual soldiers in the United States Armed Forces.
Update: The Senate vote failed to advance the bill that would repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”