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Video: Lady Gaga steps up and uses her fame at Maine rally to try and get Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed

This time, she left the meat gown at home! Lady Gaga meant business in Portland, Maine, today at a rally for the repeal of the US Military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which does not allow gay and lesbians to serve openly.

The pop music sensation whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, make an impassioned speech to the crowd of college students, parents with small children, teenagers and service members, according to The New York Times.

“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,” Lady Gaga said, referencing a dress she wore last week to the MTV Video Music Awards that was fashioned out of cuts of steak.

“Shouldn’t everyone deserve to wear the same meat dress I do?” she said.

A military authorization bill being considered by the Senate this week would repeal the 17-year-old policy. Supporters of repeal are not sure they have the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster. Maine has become the last-minute battleground for them because its two Republican senators, Susan Collins, and Olympia J. Snowe, are publicly undecided on the issue.

Here is video of Lady Gaga’s appearance (via Towleroad)

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  1. Well, the votes are in: With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. :(

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also voted against the measure, but (allegedly) as a procedural tactic: Under Senate rules, casting his vote with the majority of the Senate enables him to revive the bill at a later date, if he so wants.

    In other words, our soonest chance for equality now depends on a single person’s mood. Praise democracy! Wait… democracy?

    Well, let’s at least pray for it!

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