Lady Gaga is taking her "Don't ask, don't tell" repeal message to Maine on Monday and there are two people in particular she wants to hear it: Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. The flamboyant and outspoken singers will urge the lawmakers to support the defense authorization bill that also repeals the Pentagon policy on gays serving in the military.
Lady Gaga announced the event, which takes place at 4 p.m. in Portland, over Twitter to her 6.3 million followers on the social networking site.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) responded directly to Lady Gaga
over Twitter, informing her of his planned cloture vote on Tuesday to cut off debate on the bill.
Reid lacks the 60 votes necessary to get cloture, and neither Snowe nor Collins has said how she will vote.
At Monday's rally, Gaga will be joined by representatives of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
, a legal group assisting troops impacted by the law. At the MTV Video Awards earlier this month, Gaga walked the red carpet with several former members of the military whose status was affected by DADT, a policy that's been in effect since 1993. Defense Department has said he supports repeal, and the Pentagon is currently conducting a survey to determine how repeal would influence military morale and readiness.
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