Colin Powell Has ‘No Problem’ With Marriage Equality


Written by Zack Ford

Wolf Blitzer just teased his new interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who expressed that he has ďno problemĒ with marriage equality:

BLITZER: You were Chairman of the Joint Chiefs when you installed the Donít Ask, Donít Tell policy in the U.S. military that prevented gays from serving openly. I know you changed your attitude over these years, but what about gay marriage? Are you with the President in supporting gay marriage?

POWELL: I have no problem with it, and it was the Congress that imposed Donít Ask, Donít Tell, though it was certainly my position and my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, as youíll recall. But as Iíve 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 donít see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.

Powell went on to say he believes the American people are coming around on this issue too. Watch it:

Powell is one of many prominent leaders who have followed President Obamaís lead in supporting the freedom to marry for all families.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

I agree with A N M.

Susan O.
Susan O5 years ago

This is one Republican who would get my vote if he were running for a national office!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Sounds like many of us are coming around...

Fred H.
Fred H5 years ago

We can thank him for the invasion of Iraq. He has a lot to apologize for.

Chris Cole
Chris C5 years ago

Colin Powell is one of the very few Republicans left with class!

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Always liked Mr. Powell. Wish that he would run for president.

Heather B.
Heather BennetT5 years ago

Good on him ;)

A N M.
anne M5 years ago

So what? Who cares what Powell thinks anyway? The man didn't mind being part of the My Lai cover up, he lied to the world about Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction, and while he was a big shot in the armed forces, he gave gay people hell. So now, as he holds the position of being nobody anywhere, he suddenly doesn't have a problem with gay marriage? Well how generous of him. Frankly, I really don't give a hoot what Powell thinks about anything even if I basically agree with him on this particular issue. I still don't like that man period.

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell5 years ago


Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher5 years ago

What he is actually saying/doing is listening to the PEOPLE in this country...something most politicians claim to do, but really dont bother to do. Especially members of Congress...and loads of Republicons who start every sentence with " the majority of people ".