Singer Lady Gaga has landed in
Australia, where she has urged lawmakers to legalize gay marriage.
In her first television interview since
arriving, the Born This Way singer talked
to A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshaw before a live audience.
When Grimshaw asked whether she would
be speaking out in favor of marriage equality during her trip, Lady
Gaga answered: “Yes. I'm very excited to be performing in the town
hall. Let's just say that will be a nice political moment for all of
“Absolutely,” she continued. “And
what I am so against is the way that certain laws or restrictions on
certain things send a message that one person is more valuable than
Grimshaw asked the 25-year-old Lady
Gaga if she thought Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who lives with her
partner Tim Mathieson but has never married, is hypocritical for not
supporting gay marriage.
“I wouldn't say that it's
hypocritical. It's everyone's personal choice the way they live
their lives. But I do believe that it is wrong to deny people all
over the country the ability to marry. I believe in marriage
equality. I would just encourage all of you to mobilize your voices
so that the prime minister of Australia can hear you scream and speak
and say we want to be fully equal. We want to get married.”
“Let's inspire them [lawmakers] to be
modern … it's 2011, get on with it,” Lady Gaga said.
After the interview, the singer
performed for the audience. (The video is embedded in the right
panel of this page.)