Colin Powell has yet to support President Barack Obama or his party’s presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney, in this year’s presidential campaign. But the former Secretary of State voiced his approval of Obama’s support of gay marriage during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday.
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“As I’ve thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones,” Powell told Blitzer. “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 under the laws of their state or the laws of the country, however that turns out. it seems to be the laws of the state.”
Powell is remembered for the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell“policy that was a compromise to then-president Bill Clinton’s wish to lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military outright. Powell opposed gays serving openly in the military at the time over concerns of how it would affect military operations. In a 2010 interview, Bill Clinton said that Powell did not clearly explain how “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would actually work in practice.