gagavmaThis was a nice symbolic gesture, I think:

Four gay and lesbian soldiers chaperoned Lady Gaga into the MTV Video Music Awards earlier tonight in Los Angeles.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network identified the four soldiers as former U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall; former U.S. Air Force Major Mike Almy; former U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Stacy Vasquez, all of whom the military discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and former West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned last month to protest DADT. Lady Gaga met with Hall, Vasquez, Miller and former Marine Lance Corporal Danny Hernandez before she performed at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

“Lady Gaga’s recognition of these fine patriots casts a spotlight on the unjust burden that ’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day, and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good,” said SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis in a statement.

The volume is being turned up on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell right now, in the wake of the ruling which found the discriminatory, insane policy to be unconstitutional. Shining a spotlight during the VMAs can’t hurt.

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