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Lady Gaga and Harry Reid's Twitter Lovefest on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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Lady Gaga hearts Harry Reid.

And he hearts her back. Well, at least he -- or his campaign staff -- tweets her back.

Lady Gaga, a force in the LGBT community, walked down the red carpet Sunday at MTV's Video Music Awards with four members of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network as escorts. Her mission: To spotlight efforts to repeal the 17-year-old "Don't ask, don't tell" policy prohibiting gays from serving openly in the military.

It certainly worked. Mission accomplished.

She continued her grassroots efforts after the show with an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Wearing a dress made of meat, she told viewers to call Senate Majority Leader Reid's office and urge him to schedule a vote on DADT.

She even linked the "meat dress" to a politics: "It is a devastation to me that I know my fans who are gay . . . feel like they have government oppression on them. That's actually why I wore the meat tonight."

Lady Gaga added: "It's certainly no disrespect to anyone that's vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. It has many interpretations, but for me this evening, it's: If we don't stand up for what we believe in, we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're gonna have as much rights as the meat on our bones."

To make sure fans received her marching orders, Lady Gaga also posted a missive on Facebook and Twitter, telling her millions of followers, who she dubs Little Monsters, to call Reid.

Lady Gaga tweeted, "Gay Veterans were my VMA dates. Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote."

Nearly 50,000 Gaga Facebook fans clicked the "Like" button about her comment.

On Monday afternoon, Reid said he intended to bring the Defense Authorization Bill, includes a repeal of DADT, to the Senate floor next week. His staff told the Associated Press that the vote had already been planned for next week -- before Lady Gaga's appearance on DeGeneres' show.

Reid replied to Lady Gaga via his campaign Twitter account on Tuesday: "@ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so."

Another Tuesday tweet said repealing DADT "is the right thing to do. Come back to Vegas soon!"

Late Tuesday, Lady Gaga answered: "God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid, from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this country. We were #BORNTHISWAY."

Lady Gaga, who is known to her fans as Mama Monster, announced Sunday that the name of her next album is "Born This Way," a shout-out to her gay activism.

The Reid campaign continued its virtual relationship with the singer Wednesday morning when it posted a link to a YouTube video from a Nevada KVVU newscast that discussed Lady Gaga's efforts on the issue.

Gaga fans also posted thank-yous and support tweets to Reid Wednesday morning. One wrote, "if gaga believes in you then u got us on ur side."

A Gaga Facebook follower replied on Facebook, "I'm GAY AND LIVE in Harry Reid's distirct! I will vote for HARRY REID because he is the ONLY choice. I LOVE YOU LADY GAGA!!!!!"

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Unless you've worn a uniform I think you should keep your nose out of this. That goes for congress and Celebrities. Let the military make the decision. Let the brass ask the recruiters who can ask the high school juniors and seniors. I've ask a few, I also ask a Marine just out of boot camp. They can live with DADT but their bad-ass rep goes straight to hell if it's repealed.

September 17 2010 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To Nconstinc, Even worse, the followers of Sara Palin

September 15 2010 at 7:14 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Ken Siemers Sr.

With only less than 3% of the population gay and the majority of them female, coupled with our volenteer military which is obviously not going to appeal to most gay folks because of their more peaceful nature, it seems to me that this entire subject is "MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING"

September 15 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

wow! What is this country going to be like when the followers of the likes of Lady Gaga vote for someone because SHE did. Not to say she doesnt have an opinion, but be real here, Im talking about the switch pullers without thought, because someone else tells you to, thats dangerous.

September 15 2010 at 4:56 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Good job to all who stand up and defend everyone's right, weather it be political, philosophical or religious and do something about it. Good job to those who are aware that one person's rights don’t over ride anyone else’s rights.

September 15 2010 at 4:36 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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