Gillibrand talks directly to Lady Gaga about DADT

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday afternoon that she had just spoken with Lady Gaga, who has been lobbying the Senate ahead of Tuesday’s vote on a defense authorization bill that includes a repeal provision for “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT). 

“[I] thanked her for her advocacy,” said Gillibrand. “I asked her to keep pushing for DADT repeal.”

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Gaga had left a message with Gillibrand last week, prompting the senator to reach out on Twitter for another time to talk.

The Grammy Award-winning pop icon attended a rally in Portland, Maine, on Monday with veterans discharged by the DADT policy, which was implemented by President Clinton.

The outcome of Tuesday’s vote is unclear, as some Senate Republicans have threatened to filibuster. The two key votes will be cast by Maine Republican Sens. Susan Collins, who voted to repeal the policy in committee but wants Republican amendments allowed on the bill, and Olympia Snowe, who hasn’t said how she’ll vote.