Connect with us

Blade Blog

Powell endorses Pentagon's 'Don't Ask' review

Published

on

The former military official who endorsed “Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell” in 1993 has now come out in favor of the Pentagon review process expected to lead to repeal.

Colin Powell, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993, announced in a statement to the New York Times on Wednesday he supports the study of implementing change currently underway in the Defense Department.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen proposed on Tuesday the working group that will examine the impact of repeal in congressional testimony.

“In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed,” Powell was quoted as saying. “I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen.”

Powell’s support could influence lawmakers who’ve said they wanted to hear from military leaders before acting on repeal to finally support overturning the law.

Alex Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, said Powell’s statement “represents yet another crushing blow to the failed and archaic” law.

“General Powell is one of the most respected retired military leaders in the United States today, and this announcement should serve as the final nail in the coffin of this outdated law,” Nicholson said. “Hold-out supporters of this failed law should read the writing on the wall now and abandon their attempts to cling to this failed policy.”

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Blade Blog

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

Published

on

Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

Continue Reading

Blade Blog

Vote now for the 2013 Best of Gay DC!

Choose in dozens of categories among hundreds of nominees, and make your voice heard!

Published

on

Best of Gay D.C., Gay news, Washington Blade
Continue Reading

Blade Blog

Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

Published

on

Best of Gay D.C., Gay news, Washington Blade
Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us @washblade

Sign Up for Blade eBlasts

Popular