Colin Powell Backs Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Architect of military's gay ban says times have changed
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2010 4:11 PM CST
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at the American Pakistan Foundation's Inaugural Gala Benefit in New York, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

(Newser) – Colin Powell says he supports efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Powell, who proposed the policy as a compromise in 1993 while serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he "fully" backs the plan outlined by defense chief Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, who seek to allow gays to serve freely.

"Attitudes and circumstances have changed," said Powell, noting that he has for 2 years encouraged a review of the policy. His clout in military circles could be a big factor in swaying opinions, notes the Washington Post.

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Feb 4, 2010 12:55 PM CST
We all know what's really going on here. Just as Colin Powell only supported Obama because he was black (according to Rush Limbaugh), now he's supporting gay's in the military because he's secretly gay. i just can't think of any other possibility.
Feb 4, 2010 12:45 PM CST
DLY, you know that there are both liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats right? The two don't always go hand in hand. Don't just say things.
Feb 4, 2010 12:42 PM CST
But I thought you loved mavericky Repubs, DLY.