Lady Gaga Expresses Her Disappointment After “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Vote

Robbie Daw | September 22, 2010 7:04 am

Following yesterday’s defeat in the Senate of the defense bill that would have lifted the ban on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Lady Gaga—who has been a vocal advocate for the end of DADT—expressed both her disappointment and will to fight on in a new statement posted on her website. Read it after the jump.

Gaga’s statement, as posted on her official site:

“Today was an enormous disappointment, for myself, and for many young American people. Not only because Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was not repealed by our Senators, but moreover because legislative procedure is being abused to stop public business, public debates, from happening while America is watching. There was a debate today, we just didn’t get to watch it. Instead, it has been customary now for antiquated procedures and partisan politics to take precedence over debate, America’s needs, and today, sadly, over the needs of US troops. I will keep fighting, I will not give up. I am passionate about the rights of the LGBT Community and SLDN and I will continue to activate as many young people as I can, and encourage them to get politically involved in their future.”

Yesterday Gaga attempted to directly engage Arizona Senator John McCain, one of the Republican lawmakers who have opposed the Democrats’ efforts to lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military, on Twitter.

“The language in defense bill says it will not enforce DADT repeal until pentagon review + president signs. Why block debate?” Gaga tweeted.

McCain, who is up for re-election in November, has yet to respond.