Despite Lady Gaga’s Efforts, Senate Blocks “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Debate
5:45 pm, September 21st, 2010
The U.S. Senate has voted against debating a bill that includes language providing for the repeal of the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, a prospective change championed passionately by Lady Gaga.
Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and move debate forward.
The vote was 56 to 43.
Opposition included every Senate Republican and three Democrats.
Lady Gaga visited Maine on Monday to rally against the long-standing DADT policy, which doesn’t allow openly gay soldiers to serve. The performer and service personnel, who have been discharged on the basis of sexual orientation, sought to apply pressure to the state’s Republican senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, on the eve of the vote.
Earlier this month, Lady Gaga attended the MTV Video Music Awards with an entourage of military members affected by the DADT policy.
She also used her gargantuan Twitter base — now nearing 6.5 million followers — to advocate for a repeal, encouraging fans to call politicians and directly tweeting Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator John McCain.
In fact, every Lady Gaga tweet in the past week has been tied to her impassioned attempt to repeal DADT.
But despite her efforts, Lady Gaga and her supporters fell short.
Do you think Lady Gaga’s involvement had any impact on the Senate vote?
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