Lady Gaga and Katy Perry lead the celebrations as 'don't ask, don't tell' is repealed

She might have been in Paris, but Lady Gaga's mind was firmly on America yesterday.

The pop star led the celebrity celebrations as the U.S. Senate voted to let gays serve openly in the military in a landmark decision for civil rights.

Gaga posted a rare smiling picture of herself holding up a placard stating 'Full Equality' after the don't ask, don't tell bill was repealed.

Proud: Lady Gaga tweeted her excitement at the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Proud: Lady Gaga tweeted her excitement at the end of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The 24-year-old, who has used to fame to campaign for equal rights, wrote: 'Can't hold back the tears+pride. We did it!i

'Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS.

'Today I am so proud to be American. I wish I was home so I could throw a Parade. We are on the way...to full equality.'

Katy Perry was also celebrating. 'SUPPORTING ALL OUR TROOPS!' Perry added to Pink's retweet: 'Congrats 2 US!!! REPEAL of DADT & 17 years of allowing Human Rights Violations. There's hope after all!'

Ricky Martin
Kathy Griffin

Celebrating: Ricky Martin and Kathy Griffin, seen this week, welcomed the vote

Joining them in the celebratory mood was singer Ricky Martin, who came out as gay in March this year after years of unhappily hiding his sexuality.

'One step closer to equality!! DADT is gone! Historical!' he wrote.

Comedian Ellen Degeneres, who came out on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1997, was also thrilled.

'Thank you Senators for pushing us one step closer towards full equality.'

At last: Ellen DeGeneres right, with wife Portia De Rossi

At last: Ellen DeGeneres right, with wife Portia De Rossi

And comedian Kathy Griffin added: 'FINALLY! Equality IS coming!'

On Saturday the Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the . The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, on Wednesday.

The vote gives President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy.


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