September 20, 2010
Posted: 05:54 PM ET
From Ted Barrett and Dana Bash, CNN
Washington (CNN) - Despite a high-profile push from pop star Lady Gaga and other gay rights supporters, the outcome of a key Senate vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains too close to call.
Republicans appear united against the measure, including some GOP senators who favor lifting the Pentagon's requirement that gays and lesbians keep their sexuality a secret. The Republican opponents are upset that Democratic leaders so far refuse to allow GOP amendments to the broader National Defense Authorization Act that includes the "don't ask, don't tell" provision.
Lady Gaga spoke at an afternoon rally in Maine to pressure the state's two Republican senators - Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - to join Democrats in overcoming an expected filibuster attempt.
To loud cheers from the crowd, Gaga said she was proposing a new law titled, "If you don't like it, go home," which would remove homophobic straight soldiers from the military instead of gay soldiers.
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