LADY GAGA urged U.S. officials to throw homophobic soldiers out of the military as she took a stand against the controversial 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy at a protest rally on Monday (20Sep10).
The Poker Face hitmaker has been vocal about her opposition to the unspoken rule, which bans homosexual service personnel from revealing their sexuality, in recent interviews, and even took discharged gay servicemen and women as her dates to the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month (Sep10) in a bid to get her message across.
She took further action on Monday when she joined a protest march in Portland, Maine, organised by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and called on local Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to to vote to repeal the policy.
And Gaga proposed a new policy at the rally - to kick homophobic soldiers out of the military.
Taking to the stage to huge cheers, the gay icon said, "I'm here because don't ask, don't tell is wrong. It's unjust. Doesn't it seem that don't ask, don't tell is backwards? Doesn't it seem to be, based on the constitution of the United States, (that) we're penalising the wrong soldier? Doesn't it seem to you we should send home the prejudice - the straight soldier who hates the gay soldier. The straight soldier whose performance in the military is affected because he is homophobic...
"If you are not honourable enough to fight without prejudice, go home.
"I'm here today because I would like to propose a new law. A law which sends home the solider which has the problem. Our new law is called, 'If you don't like it, go home.'"
The singer revealed she felt compelled to attend after hearing real-life experiences from military members.
She added, "There are amazing heroes here today whose stories are more powerful than any story I could tell, any fight I ever fought or any song I could sell. I'm here because they inspire me. I'm here because I believe in them."
A key vote on the future of the policy is set for Tuesday afternoon (21Sep2010)