Lady GaGa escorted to VMA's by 'real heroes'

Mon. September 13, 2010 8:59 AM by

Los Angeles, CA - Lady GaGa was escorted to MTV's Video Music Awards by four gay military veterans impacted by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the 1993 law that prohibits gay troops from serving openly.

Arriving at the Nokia Music Theater in Los Angeles, Lady GaGa tweeted to her over 6 million followers: "Silks, fabrics, shoes + jewels, fashion dreams + breaking rules. Real heroes on my arms, tonight, is for us monsters, and our fight. X"

The Alejandro singer, who received a record-breaking 13 nominations, was escorted by four clients of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the largest group lobbying for repeal of the law.

Lady GaGa's escorts were former U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent David Hall; former U.S. Air Force Major Mike Almy; top West Point cadet Katie Miller, who resigned her post in August in protest of DADT; and Former U.S. Army Sargent First Class Stacy Vasquez.

"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," Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN, said in a statement.

A federal judged ruled the Clinton-era law unconstitutional last week, but gay groups – certain that the government will appeal the ruling – are urging Congress to repeal the law now.

"With expected votes on the Senate floor later this month, advocates of open service still have time to contact their senator and urge them to show support for all our veterans by voting to end DADT."

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