Retired Gen. Colin Powell told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer this afternoon that he has “no problem” with the president’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, favorably comparing same-sex couples raising children to his own family, and saying,”I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.”
“You were Chairman of the Joint Chiefs when you installed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in the U.S. military that prevented gays from serving openly,” Blitzer said to the former Secretary of State under George W. Bush. “I know you changed your attitude over these years, but what about gay marriage? Are you with the president in supporting gay marriage?”
“I have no problem with it, and it was the Congress that imposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ though it was certainly my position and my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, as you’ll recall,” Powell replied. “But as I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones, and they are as stable a family as my family is, and they raise children. And so I don’t see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.”
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Powell supported the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” in 1993, but came out for open military service during the push to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” early in the Obama administration. Powell’s former boss, President Bush, pushed for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, an effort that ultimately failed.