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Lady Gaga defends gay marriage and abortion rights in Washington DC Chromatica Ball show

“They better not try to mess with gay marriage in this country!”

By Emily Maskell

Words: Emily Maskell; Lady Gaga’s performs The Chromatica Ball at the Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden (Getty Images) 

Mother Monster has things to say about abortion rights and gay marriage, so listen up!

Before performing her 2011 hit ‘Edge Of Glory’ at Monday’s (8 August) show at a sold-out Washington’s Nationals Park stadium, Lady Gaga paused proceedings to dedicate the song “to every woman in America”.

“To every woman who now has to worry about her body if she gets pregnant,” Gaga declared. “I pray that this country will speak up, that we will stick together, and that we will not stop until it’s right! For every woman.”

As her extended but stipped-back performance of ‘End Of Glory’ came to an end, Gaga added: “I didn’t mean to be, like, a downer, but there’s some shit that’s more important than show business.”

Gaga’s address comes after the Supreme Court’s decision to strip away abortion rights in June triggered debate over the instability of the right to same-sex relationships and the right to same-sex marriage (Lawrence vs Texas and Obergefell vs Hodge). 

Following the Court’s ruling on abortion rights, many feared gay marriage would be next, a topic which Gaga also spoke on during her show.

The hitmaker dedicated her 2011 queer anthem ‘Born This Way’ to the LGBTQ+ community.

She opened the song with the message: “This might not be the national anthem, but it’s our national anthem!” 

The fierce LGBTQ+ advocate then yelled: “They better not try to mess with gay marriage in this country!”

Gaga is touring through the USA and Japan into September on her Chomatica Ball Tour, which Attitude called “a return to outlandish excellence for Mother Monster.”

Last week, the ‘Rain On Me’ singer confirmed she will be starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the sequel to the 2019 Joker film titled Joker: Folie à Deux

The Attitude September/October issue is out now