Chances are, you are probably aware of the, as what can only be described as 'stupid', law in the American constitution known as 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.
This ruling sees that homosexuals in the US Army are fired and discharged from their units once they are found to be gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Ridiculously, the 'justification' behind this law being passed is that apparently homosexuality within a unit can affect the cohesion and morale of the group as a whole, with heterosexual soldiers claiming that they are distracted and disgusted by their gay service members.
This week, Lady Gaga - one of the worlds most famous, committed gay rights fighters - gave a speech in Maine, in which she made a series of incredibly valid points in favour of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Perhaps most significantly, she suggested creating a new rule, in which instead of sending home the homosexual soldiers within the army, we should send home the homophobic. We should send home those who believe that someone's sexuality is 'wrong' and we should send home those that believe gay people working alongside them affects their performance on the front line.
Gaga also made the point that when signing up to the army, you make an oath to protect your country and everyone in it. This is supposedly because you love your country and it's citizens so much that you are willing to risk your life to fight for it.
However, doesn't this also mean that you have made the oath to protect the gay people in your country too? Doesn't this mean that you love the gay people within your country? Well, that's what you swore into when you joined, so why would anyone who promised such a thing feel the need to be protected by Don't Ask, Don't Tell?
Quite poignantly, Gaga helps the crowd realize that the homophobic soldier is not filled with said love for his country, but rather that his 'loyalty' towards his country is tethered by hate towards certain members of his unit.
Unfortunately, DADT was not repealed this week, but that doesn't mean we can't keep fighting.
You can watch the full length speech from Lady Gaga by clicking here.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED Gaga's speech. And I just saw this on a twitter feed: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/federal_judge_blocks_military_from_enforcing_dadt.php
Anyone have any idea what this actually accomplishes legally?
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