Last Thursday a federal judge in Riverside, CA declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional, saying the “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy violates the First Amendment and due process rights of lesbians and gay men.
And yesterday Lady Gaga made her own statement on the MTV Music Video Awards red carpet by walking alongside four military service members affected by DADT. The Advocate is reporting Lady Gaga was chaperoned by Katie Miller, “a top West Point cadet who resigned in August to protest the discriminatory law”; David Hall, a former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant; Stacy Vasquez, Army sergeant first class, discharged as a result of DADT and Maj. Mike Almy (seen in the video below), an Air Force officer who was discharged in 2006 and testified in the federal challenge to “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Lady Gaga is no stranger to making political statements. In August, while performing in Phoenix, AZ she denounced the states’ SB 1070 law. When some fans began to “boo” her she fired back, yelling “don’t fucking boo me” and then went on to say that “without immigrants, this country wouldn’t be shit.”
The singer won a total of eight awards, including best female video and the top honor of the night, best video of the year. But perhaps the biggest honor came earlier this year when U.S. soldiers with the 82nd Airborne, stationed in Afghanistan, recreated Gaga’s “Telephone” music video.