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Lady Gaga has never been shy about championing social causes, and she didn't miss an opportunity Sunday night at MTV's Video Music Awards. The singer hit the red carpet in Los Angeles accompanied by four former members of the U.S. military impacted by the Pentagon's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Gaga escorted former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, former Air Force Major Mike Almy, and former U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Stacy Vasquez, who were discharged under the policy, and former West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned in protest of DADT.

The Washington Post reports that Gaga also made her views clear on Twitter, referring to the "Real heroes on my arm" at the VMAs. Her website urges supporters to call the U.S. Capitol switchboard to urge the Senate to include a repeal of DADT in the annual defense spending bill. The House's version of the bill already includes a repeal.

Lady GagaAubrey Sarvis, head of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which opposes DADT, praised Gaga for joining the effort, saying she cast "a spotlight on the unjust burden that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day, and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good."
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esygngintx

bemoderate, that's the problem. You see it as equality. That's not it. My point is would you be comfortable undressing, sleeping, etc. with someone of the opposite sex(if you are heterosexual)? I don't think too many people would be happy if they had to do that. That is why the military separate men and women in barracks, etc. The military is not one big social experiment. However we may feel about gays and lesbians, the military is not your regular, everyday job. I will say this. It is good to engage in civil disagreement. We may not agree but I enjoy the debate!

September 13 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
esygngintx

For all of you who advocate that DADT go away, let me ask you this. Are you ok with co-ed bathrooms? Co-ed changing rooms at stores? Co-ed showers at the gym? Co-ed locker rooms for students? If so, lets see you push for all things being co-ed. If not, then you are being hypocritical.

September 13 2010 at 6:57 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
Jo

Way to go Lady Gaga! Here's hoping that the silly 'law' gets repealed. As well as stopping the persecution of our honorable men and women in uniform simply because they happen to be gay, lesbian, transgendered or whatever. We're not supposed to persecute for race, religion or creed. Why homosexuals? Exactly.

September 13 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Zoe6658

Its not what u are or who u are when engaging the enemy are you going to say.Hey who's gay and who's not? Hell no thats the least of any soldiers worries.The job has to be done and hopefully you and your others partners come out ok .God bless america

September 13 2010 at 6:01 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
ae12wrangell

Gays and Lesbians have been in the Armed Forces for I don't know how long. We can't confirm or deny that any 2 gay soldiers were at Plymouth Rock, The Revolution, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Iraq, Afghanistan. And, in the long run, does it matter to the Provost Marshal?,( he courts-martial soldiers,) I always felt that if he/she can aim a rifle or whatever is needed in combat, than the case should be closed.

September 13 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
calhounrules

If gays want to be in the military let them. Although Im sure we will be forced to listen to hours of gay sensitivity lectures.

September 13 2010 at 3:47 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
davirgi

Isn't John McCain, responsible for the DADT policy? I think his time has come and gone and the military is not like it was in his day when he got a free ride based on his family name and heritage!

September 13 2010 at 3:30 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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behershey

davirgi,are you really this stupid? Bill Clinton is responsible for DADT. As far as John McCain's free ride goes, he was shot down and captured during the Vietnam war and was tortured for over 6 years at the Honoi Hilton. Not the kind of free ride I would be interested in.

September 13 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
Jo

Was Senator McCain's family name or heritage what got him strung up as a POW? Didn't think so. It doesn't matter who is behind it becoming law- what matters is that DADT goes away, and our service people serve the country that they love, as they are- Proud to serve.

September 13 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
whiskyworm

I thought a Federal Court was in the process, or recently declared DADT unconstitutional? When are stoners gonna be allowed in the military? Not that I want to join, but feel for those in the ranks.

September 13 2010 at 3:06 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
riotgy

a truly famous talented celebrity with a real people cause,trying to help change without dollars, we need more hero celebs like gaga. riotgy.

September 13 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rhino45411

Agreed!

September 13 2010 at 4:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
trip

Katie Miller decided she did not want to wear the West Point uniform anymore. I do not understand why she put it on for the VMA's. Will someone please explain.

September 13 2010 at 2:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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ktb512

You obviously don't get it! No further explanation needed.

September 13 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trip

that's why i asked you to explain it..... it is beyond me why someone would wear the unifrom after she quit unless she was trying to cause problems

September 14 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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