General Colin Powell revealed on CNN’s “The Situation Room” that he supports same-sex marriage.
Powell’s support for same-sex marriage was a turning point. Originally the former Secretary of State served as a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was implemented by the military.
During the interview when asked if he backed the President on same-sex marriage, Powell states, “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.”
After growing efforts in the 90’s to allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military, Colin Powell openly announced back in February 2010 his full support in repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Colin Powell reveals in the interview his personal sentiments, “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.”
Powell formerly served as secretary of state for George W. Bush, and is said to be a moderate Republican. Back in 2008 he surprised many when he endorsed President Barack Obama, but remains undecided who he’ll support for the upcoming elections.