Colin Powell supports gay marriage equality -- 'I have no problem with it'
He says, "I have no problem with it. And it was the congress that imposed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." It was certainly my position, and my recommendation, to get out us of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, if you'll recall. But, 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 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.
"There may be religious objections to it, and I respect that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage. And they can hold that in the sanctity of their place of religion and not bless them or solemnize them. But, in terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country.
"And so I support the president's decision, and I think most Americans increasingly understand that times have changed, just like they changed between gays in the military and when I was able to support removing that barrier to service. And so I hope everybody will just carefully look at this, and I understand the religious objections to it. But at the same time, we are a country that is open to diversity and change. And my experience with many of my gay and lesbian friends is that they form unions as strong as any other unions I've seen and raise children that are good, strong children. And are either or heterosexual or homosexual, lesbian, depending on themselves, not because their parents happen to be."