Gaga to rally against 'gay ban'

2010-09-20 13:02

Portland - Organisers say Lady Gaga is visiting Maine's largest city to join a rally against the military's ban on service members being openly gay.

The singer is expected to join a Service members Legal Defense Network event near the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus on Monday. Network spokesperson Trevor Thomas says she'll stand alongside veterans discharged because of the so-callled "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which forbids military recruiters from asking about people's sexual orientations and prohibits service members from revealing if they're gay.

The organisation is trying to pressure Republican Sens Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine to vote to allow a repeal of the policy. Collins previously voted for a provision to repeal.

Lady Gaga recently called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to repeal the policy during an interview with TV host Ellen DeGeneres. Her representatives haven't returned e-mails seeking comment.