Gaga blogs her DADT disappointment
Lady Gaga has blogged about her disppointment with regard to the results of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' campaign. The star has written on her official website:
"TODAY WAS AN ENORMOUS DISAPPOINTMENT, FOR MYSELF, AND FOR MANY YOUNG AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT ONLY BECAUSE DON'T ASK DON'T TELL WAS NOT REPEALED BY OUR SENATORS, BUT MOREOVER BECAUSE LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE IS BEING ABUSED TO STOP PUBLIC BUSINESS, PUBLIC DEBATES, FROM HAPPENING WHILE AMERICA IS WATCHING. THERE WAS A DEBATE TODAY, WE JUST DIDN'T GET TO WATCH IT. INSTEAD, IT HAS BEEN CUSTOMARY NOW FOR ANTIQUATED PROCEDURES AND PARTISAN POLITICS TO TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER DEBATE, AMERICA'S NEEDS, AND TODAY, SADLY, OVER THE NEEDS OF US TROOPS. I WILL KEEP FIGHTING, I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY AND SLDN AND I WILL CONTINUE TO ACTIVATE AS MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AS I CAN, AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET POLITICALLY INVOLVED IN THEIR FUTURE."
Republican senators blocked the first legal step towards ending discrimination against gay people in the US military, despite Gaga assisting a campaign this week and suggesting those 'uncomfortable' with serving alongside gay people in the military should leave.
Democrats fell short yesterday (September 21) of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member Senate.
Barack Obama's presidental election campaign pledge to overturn the 17 year-old policy that says gay people can be dismissed from the military if they reveal their sexual orientation, was set back by Senator John McCain Republican stance.
November's mid-term elections may see the Republicans make substantial gains as some polls predict further weakening Gaga's campaign to end the ban.
The defeat has come as a blow to Obama, who promised to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' during his presidential election campaign. The President has come under growing pressure from gay rights groups to move fast on the issue.
Gaga joined a rally on Monday (September 20) in Maine. In front of a large stars and stripes flag, the superstar declared herself gay and suggested that those "uncomfortable" with serving alongside gay people in the military could leave.
The controversial singer also said, "Equality is the prime rib of America, but because I am gay, I don't get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer. Shouldn't everyone deserve to wear the same meat dress I do?".
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