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Colin Powell Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell told Wolf Blitzer today in an interview that he backs Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage:

"I have no problem with it...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."


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  1. No surprise. He has a lesbian daughter.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 23, 2012 5:38:24 PM

  2. That's nice.

    Too bad you lied to Congress about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction , though, resulting in the massacre of 100,000+ Iraqi civilians, tens of thousand of US and allied casualties, trillions of US tax payer dollars down the drain, and a legacy of spiraling Mid-East instability with still-unknown ultimate consequences.

    Just sayin...

    Posted by: Hank | May 23, 2012 5:42:09 PM

  3. Every little bit counts, even from people who are now irrelevant

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 23, 2012 5:52:35 PM

  4. Bravo General, now if you could just convince your friends in the GOP to stop using us as a wedge issue in this election we could all just move along with our lives.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 23, 2012 5:53:59 PM


    Relevant or not, if someone is a household name and they're appearing on a major news network, there are plenty of people who will give what they say a bit more consideration -- especially if it's unexpected or runs contrary to their political affiliations.

    And I agree: every little bit counts.

    Posted by: sparks | May 23, 2012 5:56:35 PM

  6. Boycott CNN. Email CNN and tell them you are boycotting them. Wolf Blitzer is a miserable anti-gay bigot who dotes on and is joined to the hip to Tony Perkins, perhaps the most vile and dangerous of the professional anti-gay bigots. CNN's ratings are in the toilet. Pile on.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 23, 2012 6:01:41 PM

  7. So tired of this lying has-been.

    Posted by: Randy | May 23, 2012 6:17:43 PM

  8. Thank you General Powell. Whether or not you agree with him on other issues, we should applaud anyone who speaks out in support of marriage equality.

    Posted by: Ken | May 23, 2012 6:22:32 PM

  9. Good job, sir. And he's not running for POTUS and his sincerity is actually believable, unlike liar Obama, who only started supporting gay marriage because Biden one-up'd him and there's a presidential election in November.

    Posted by: Alan | May 23, 2012 6:33:56 PM

  10. Jezus, what a bunch of bitter comments so far.

    Powell really surprised me with this. He may not be as "relevant" as he once was, but to older, conservative republicans (like my parents, for example) an endorsement from someone like Powell can have a very positive influence, because he's someone they RESPECT (much moreso than Cheney).

    How bout some appreciation here, girls?

    Posted by: jim | May 23, 2012 7:42:06 PM

  11. +1 Jim,
    As much as he has faded from the public eye, Colin Powell is one of those people who everyone respects, a lifelong moderate republican, and someone who set records for acceptance. (congress unanimously accepted his appointment as secretary of state) I will ask my parents the next time that I see them, but I will bet that they feel much more positively about Powell than Romney, and I think that Kennedy was the last time they voted Democrat.

    Posted by: Matt | May 23, 2012 8:19:02 PM

  12. re: @Hank,May 23,5:42:09... just... quit it. Powell was dragged into politics against his own better judgement, basically because he could be co-opted as a widely respected voice of reason during the Bush administration (sp. regime?).
    We've had similar problems here in Skippyland where pollies sought to manipulate service folk knowing that they were restricted in what they were allowed to say, much to their fury which got around all over. Except in the press. Give it up - dude did gud.

    Posted by: rdiac | May 23, 2012 8:29:21 PM

  13. I lost all respect for this man when he and Sen Nunn gave us DADT, which destroyed the military careers of many fine gay/lesbian Americans. As if that was not enough, he went before the UN and lied to the world about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and that caused the needless death and suffering of tens of thousands of people. I dislike him even more than I dislike Bush Jr or, the evil one, Cheney, because I had expected so much more of him than those two criminals.

    Posted by: andrew | May 23, 2012 8:33:39 PM

  14. Too enlightened for the GOP.

    Posted by: Bart | May 23, 2012 8:58:51 PM

  15. NO SALE! Overall I endorse applauding the growth of bad people. But some people’s sins are SO bad, I can’t imagine them ever doing enough to get me to forgive them, and retired Gen. Rectum Powell is one of them. From his attempt to whitewash the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, to his being THE one person most responsible for defeating President Clinton’s plan to lift the military plan and getting it codified into DADT, and the major role he played in the illegal and deadly invasion of Iraq by the Bush II Reich, the man remains rotten to the core to these old eyes. So he’s right about this? A broken clock is right twice a day, too.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 23, 2012 9:14:29 PM

  16. I'm not sure what, but Colon Powell is one of those people that makes me sad to dislike. But for the reasons I stated above, I will deal with my sadness and totally dislike him.

    Posted by: andrew | May 23, 2012 10:04:54 PM

  17. The negative posters here must be infallible gods. They never make mistakes. Thanks, Colin, most of us really do appreciate the support.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | May 23, 2012 10:35:04 PM

  18. @ Joe: I have made many mistakes, but mine didn't ruin the military careers of thousands of patriotic men and women in uniform. Nor did my "mistake" or just following his mentor Cheney"s orders lead to thousands of dead and wounded and billions and billions of dollars wasted in a needless war. Just sayin.

    Posted by: andrew | May 23, 2012 10:46:53 PM

  19. Umm, since when did Colin Powell control the power to go to war? Yes, he gave misleading evidence at the UN. At the demand of a certain jerk president. The president has the power to declare war. No one else. And Congress has to agree unless in exceptional cases. You really think that, say, Hillary Clinton could declare war? Cripes. Grow up.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 23, 2012 11:00:36 PM

  20. @Paul: The constitution gives to Congress alone the power to declare war. In my opinion Powell's sin was allowing himself and his good name to be used by Bush and Cheney to lie the American people into a war that cost the lives of tens of thousands. He earlier had allowed his good name and military muscle to join Sen Sam Nunn of Ga in thwarting Clinton's attempt to allow gay people to serve openly in the military and thereby helped to ruin the military careers of about 14,000 patriotic Americans and keep tens of thousands of others living closeted lives always looking over their shoulder to see if DADT was going to get them. He was one of the main architects of DADT. He has a whole lot of serious sins to atone for.

    Posted by: andrew | May 23, 2012 11:36:10 PM

  21. Colin Powell is a war criminal in the same mold as Hitler's foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop. Von Ribbentrop never fired up the ovens. He didn't machine gun people in trenches that were really mass graves. What he did was to lie, threaten, and violate international agreements to facilitate Hitler’s crimes. That's why he was found guilty at Nuremberg.

    Colin Powell served both Bush's and Clinton as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, National Security Advisor Secretary of State. He facilitated the genocides of LBJ, Nixon, Clinton and Bush2 and the criminal oil war of Bush1 in defense of the homophobic parasites who own Kuwait.

    Colin Powell was assistant chief of staff of the 23rd Infantry Division in Nam where he lied under oath and attempted to discredit the expert testimony of courageous GI’s like Tom Glen of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade who exposed the My Lai Massacre. Powell said: "In direct refutation of this portrayal is the fact that relations between American soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent."

    In reality over a million civilians were slaughtered on the orders of Democrat LBJ and Republican Nixon before their invasion and occupation was unceremoniously defeated, just as the Clinton-Bush-Obama effort will be in the Middle East. Powell did not resign he was ordered to resign by Bush2’s Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

    Some may forgive LBJ, Humphrey, Powell, The Bushes, Obama, Clinton and Gore for their role in the genocides in Vietnam and Iraq because it’s politically expedient to ignore their murders but the rest of us don’t.

    The fact that Powell is once again endorsing Obama means that Powell feels safe that he won't be indicted as a war criminal as long as Obama continues wars of aggression and that he agrees with Obama’s war policy, which will enlarge and expand these wars causing more deaths and putting the finishing touches on the destruction of our economy and standard of living.

    Powell’s endorsement would be coldly rejected by anyone with an ounce of decency, which is why Obama will revel in it.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | May 24, 2012 3:03:49 AM

  22. Nice!

    Posted by: Oliver | May 24, 2012 3:24:20 AM

  23. I support Obama as the most enlightened and progressive person who has a chance of being our president for the next four years.

    Posted by: andrew | May 24, 2012 3:38:20 AM

  24. @Bill: In Nov 2012 will you vote in the presidential election? For whom will you vote?

    Posted by: andrew | May 24, 2012 3:41:39 AM

  25. What things like this show is how stupid the party system is in politics. VERY few people argree 100% with the reps or the doms, but vote to best fit. If you are in, and working for either party you have to agree 100% publicly.

    Posted by: rovex | May 24, 2012 7:34:52 AM

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