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Lady Gaga’s speech in Maine today was certainly strategic. In her lobbying effort to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, with a cloture vote scheduled for Tuesday, she has chosen not to do the typical trek to Washington but to Portland, Maine, where the state’s two Republican senators are considered critical votes in  heading off a filibuster.

Taking the fight to the home turf of two on-the-fence lawmakers also is a much more brazen way to get attention, which the singer matched in her statements in which she said, “Equality is the prime rib of America. But because I am gay, I don’t get to enjoy the greatest cut of meat my country has to offer. Shouldn’t everyone deserve to wear the same meat dress I do?”

The Service Members Legal Defense Network saw a huge spike in traffic to its website with Gaga’s help, so we’ll see how successful their call-your-lawmaker campaign is in persuaded those still on the fence.

Her speech is below:


Updated: Gaga apparently has succeeded in getting media attention to the upcoming vote, even if it’s not clear if she has convinced lawmakers.