Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, said he supports the rights of gay people in America to marry, saying that providing them this right is the “way we should be moving” in the USA.
In 2010, Powell also supported the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military, saying that it was Congress that imposed this rule when he was Joint Secretary of the Chiefs of Staff back in 1993.
The four-star general says that the passage of time, changing attitudes and changes in circumstance all influenced his decision to announce his support for same sex marriage. Powell announced his support in an interview on CNN News, saying he had “no problems” with homosexual and lesbian couples wanting to get married if they followed the laws of the country and the laws of the state in which they are residing.
Powell also indicated he supported President Obama’s decision to publicly proclaim his support of same sex marriage.