[artist id="1043"]Lady Gaga's[/artist] campaign against the U.S. Armed Forces' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has been building momentum in the past few weeks. The singer has publicly championed the repeal of the measure, by flying out members of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network for the VMAs, tweeting her opinions to senators and releasing viral videos urging her fans to get involved in the cause.
Now, after hitting the white carpet and taking to the Web, Gaga is heading to Maine to raise awareness at a large gay-rights event. The pop superstar is slated to appear at the #4the14k rally organized by the SLDN in Portland, Maine on Monday. The title references the approximately 14,000 citizens discharged under DADT, and veterans affected by the military's controversial measure will address attendees. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. ET.
"Meet me in Portland, Maine 2moro, 9/20 to help repeal #DADT. I'm holding a Rally + speaking live in Deering Oaks Park," Gaga tweeted on Sunday (September 19).
SLDN maintains that the organization seeks to draw the support of Republican Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, who could significantly affect the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill which includes the repeal of DADT. The bill would benefit from bipartisan support in order to overtake Arizona Senator John McCain's filibuster.
Gaga has been working with the organization recently and detailed her views on DADT in a viral video released on Friday.
"[The] SLDN's advocacy proves that these soldiers are being searched; superiors are going through their e-mails and private belongings, calling family members and operating based on assumptions. Ultimately, the law is being enforced using gay profiling. ... In short, not only is the law unconstitutional, but it's not even being properly enforced by the government," Gaga said.
"I am here to be a voice for my generation, not the generation of the senators who are voting, but for the youth of this country, the generation that is affected by this law and whose children will be affected," she continued. "We are not asking you to agree with or approve the moral implications of homosexuality; we're asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution."
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