Lady Gaga to visit Portland on Monday

Lady Gaga arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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Lady Gaga arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Posted Sept. 19, 2010, at 8:20 p.m.

Pop star Lady Gaga will visit Portland, Maine, on Monday to attend a 4 pm rally for the repeal of the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy, she announced in a tweet.

The rally, hosted by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, will be held at 4 p.m. at Deering Oaks Park, near the University of Southern Maine campus.

Network spokesman Trevor Thomas says she’ll stand alongside veterans discharged because of the policy, which forbids military recruiters from asking about people’s sexual orientations and prohibits service members from revealing if they’re gay.

The organization 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 Ellen DeGeneres. Her representatives haven’t returned e-mails seeking comment.

The singer is expected to join a Servicemembers Legal Defense Network event near the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus at 4 p.m. Monday.

Network spokesman Trevor Thomas says she’ll stand alongside veterans discharged because of the policy, which forbids military recruiters from asking about people’s sexual orientations and prohibits service members from revealing if they’re gay.

A proposal to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is attached to the defense authorization bill, which Democrats will try to bring to a vote this week.

Democrats need 60 votes on Tuesday to cut off debate and proceed to the bill, again putting Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine in the role of casting what could be deciding votes in the Senate, said Thomas.

“We need the support of Collins and Snowe and the best way to get it is to be able to be in their backyard,” Thomas told The Associated Press.

Collins previously voted for a provision to repeal the “don’t ask” policy in the Armed Services Committee, but she wants “a full and open debate” on the defense authorization bill as well as the ability for Republicans to offer amendments, said her spokesman, Kevin Kelley.

Snowe has not decided how she’ll vote on Tuesday, a spokesman said Monday.

Lady Gaga recently called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to repeal the policy during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Gaga is known for her outlandish wardrobe and catchy hits, including “Bad Romance,” ”Paparazzi” and “Poker Face.”

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