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04/19/2007


Colin Powell Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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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."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Colin Powell Says Repeal 'DADT', But Don't Pressure Congress

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Colin Powell tells Larry King that it is time to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', and we have now heard from the military, but we should not pressure Congress to act before the Pentagon's study has been released, the Wonk Room reports.

Said Powell:

"our military leaders have now spoken. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, there is some, some difference of opinion among the chiefs that will have to be resolved. But I wish that we would just let that study be finished, let it be published and let everybody read it and not leak parts of it. And so I share Senator McCain’s view that we ought to let the process unfold and not try to intercept it with court rulings or with people trying to get a vote out of the Congress when the Congress is not ready to vote on it."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previous statements from Powell...
Colin Powell: It's Time to Reevaluate 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' 12/11/08 [tr]
Powell Fully Supports 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal 2/3/10 [tr]

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Colin Powell: 'Perfectly Acceptable To Get Rid Of DADT'

A couple of politicians took to the airwaves during Sunday morning's political talk shows to discuss "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Colin Powell, who back in February revealed that he supported the repeal of DADT, was a guest on ABC's "This Week" and was asked why he's changed his mind about the policy.

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"Things have changed. That was 17 years ago." He also added that, "I am personally of the view now that attitudes have changed and I think it is perfectly acceptable to get rid of the law and the policy but I think before we actually do it we have to hear clearly from the officers and the men and women who are charge of executing the policy."

“I think it's important to listen to the troops who are affected and take into account the views of the senior leadership and military leadership of the armed forces.”

Watch a clip of Powell on "This Week" AFTER THE JUMP.

Also this morning, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and told Candy Crowley he thinks Congress should have waited before voting to repeal the policy last week.

Politico reports:

Mullen, who backs the repeal, said a provision that requires the White House to "certify" the change gives the military great leeway in when and how to phase in the controversial changes.

"Ideally, I would certainly have preferred that legislation not be brought forward .. until we are done with that review," he told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union."

"That certification is key in terms of when we would be ready to implement it and whether in our judgment how much the change is going to effect the things that are at the top of the list for me – readiness, unit cohesion, recruiting and readiness," Mullen said. "It makes this review… that much more critical."

Meanwhile Lt. Dan Choi Capt. Jim Pietrangelo are spending their Memorial Day weekend by continuing the dignity fast they began a few days ago in protest of DADT. Watch the two speak after two days of going without food AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch: Rachel Maddow on DOJ's Defense of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and General John Sheehan's 'Apology'

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Last night, Rachel Maddow discussed the Department of Justice's defense of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (I mentioned that the brief filed yesterday inspired HRC to wake up and get on Obama's case) and its use of an old Colin Powell position to bolster its argument.

Maddow also talked about former General John Sheehan's 'apology' for saying gays in the military were the cause of the 1995 Bosnian massacre at Srebrenica.

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Colin Powell 'Fully Supports' 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

The last we heard from Colin Powell, on CNN's State of the Union in July of last year, was that he supported "review" of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Following yesterday's hearings by the Joint Chief Chair Mullen and Defense Secretary Gates, Powell now says he supports it.

Powell General Powell released a statement to the NYT: “In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed. I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen.”

The paper notes: "When Mr. Clinton tried to end the ban on gay soldiers, General Powell was the Joint Chiefs chairman and opposed the move on the grounds that it would undermine discipline and order in the military but he supported the 'don’t ask' compromise. In his statement on Wednesday, General Powell said 'the principal issue has always been the effectiveness of the Armed Forces and order and discipline in the ranks.' He noted that he has said for the past two years that it was “time for the law to be reviewed,” but his new statement of unequivocal support for the effort by Mr. Gates and Admiral Mullen could be an important factor as the debate moves forward this year."

Advocate has Powell's full statement.


Not So Admirable Admiral: Don't Rush on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Admiral Mike Mullen—chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and America's top military officer—said on CNN's State of the Union that he favors a "measured" approach if any changes are to be made to Don't Ask, Don't Tell.ALeqM5h0Yn4L7GuXokFm1zlH1hhH-elkKA

"It's very clear what President Obama's intent here is. He intends to see this law change. I've had conversations with him about that. What I've discussed in terms of the future is I think we need to move in a measured way."

With all the talk we've had of the need for the policy to be reviewed, Mullen admitted he hasn't done "any kind of extensive review." His priority is to "give the president my best advice, should this law change, on the impact on our people and their families at these very challenging times."

The last bit heavily implies that allowing LGBT soldiers to serve openly could have some kind of detrimental effect on family values, and that wartime might be an inopportune moment to move on this. Pitting LGBT soliders against "our people and their families" begs the question: What about our people and their families, Admiral?

After the jump, video of Colin Powell's appearance on the same show, calling for DADT to be "reviewed"...

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