In the US, last night was the MTV VMAs (Video Music Awards). Lady Gaga cleaned up but she also made news for her guests. Kara Warner (MTV) quotes her explaining at the pre-show arrival, "I'm here for a very, very important cause tonight. These are all my friends and they are with SLDN.org, which is an organization that was founded in 1993 under the reaction to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policies. Their stories are very inspiring and there's so much we can do right now." Her friends were Maj Mike Almy, Staff Sgt David Hall, Katie Miller and Sgt 1st Class Stacy Vasquez -- three of whom were discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Katie Miller resigned from West Post in protest of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Terri Schwartz (MTV) compiles a list of the top ten VMA moments from last night while ABC News makes it's question of the day whether or not Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be repealed and notes Maj Margaret Witt, discharged in 2007 under Don't Ask Don't Tell, has her case heard today in a civilian federal court. James Dao (New York Times) explains Witt had served for 17 years when, in 2004, the estranged husband of Witt's romantic partner wrote a letter to the Air Force outing her which led to an investigation and then her discharge.
So that should bring you up to date. Kiki Ryan (Politico) reports:
On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Reid tweeted to the singer – who has more followers than President Obama –about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: "@ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so http://bit.ly/9ucdIj #nvsen"
This came in response to a tweet Gaga (aka Ms. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ) had directed at Sen. Reid earlier in the day: “Gay Veterans were my VMA dates. Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote.” She linked the tweet to a picture of her walking the red carpet with two men in uniform at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News adds:
SLDN and Lady Gaga are asking that the following key senators be called now:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Senator John McCain, R-Ariz.
So get to calling and put some pressure on.
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