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May 23rd, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Powell favors same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Gen. Colin Powell said Wednesday on CNN's "The Situation Room" that he supports legal same-sex marriage, either at the state or federal level.

"I have no problem with it," he said in the interview, which will air at 5 p.m. ET. "In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that's called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the 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."


Filed under: Colin Powell • Interviews • Same-sex marriage
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  1. Manning El Paso, TX

    I think Gen. Colin Powell is still a Little piss a George Bush and Dick Chaney, when they burn him on the Iraq arms of mass destruction that he presented to the UN.

    May 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  2. joshua

    Powell believes in same sex civil unions, just like the vast majority of Americans. Just don't call it marriage.

    May 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  3. Central Park West

    I have to respect Powell. He stand tall and demonstrates that he can be a leader through many forms of conflict social, political and military! I respect that!

    May 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  4. Marc Parella

    Colin Powell: A True American – A True Conservative. This is what true conservatives (old conservatives) espouse. Next issue, please...

    May 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  5. Doug Ericson

    Why is it that whenever you see a video clip of a same sex couple getting married they look like they are 60 years old or older?

    May 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  6. Griff

    "He had three kids, and she became the mother?? Where was the surogate at this time? Awaiting his next call??"

    May 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  7. Griff

    "This Senator was shocked??? But still didn't answer the question???

    May 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Ted

      But what isn't said in this story is that Powell is not prepared to endorse Mr. Obama as he did in 2008. The article is essentially a smokescreen for that fact, to create the illusion that Powell supports Mr. Obama which he does not.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  8. EP451

    Impressive, great personality and values. I like still to think of him as a "Future President", Thank you Mr. Blitzer, great interview. EP

    May 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  9. Griff

    "Romney drew his sword, and now Obama has to do the same, butt does he have his knickers in a twist?"

    May 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  10. Griff

    "Another Bush put through the laundry, and it's still a dirtty Name???"

    May 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  11. Nancy

    Why does no one ever discuss why God made a Man and a woman and told them to be fruitful and mulitply. He made a woman to be man's partner. If he wanted two men to marry and multiply he would not have made a woman and if he had wanted two women to marry, he would not have made a man. Why does noone get that. It just shocks me that noone understands that. You never hear it being discussed either by gay rights groups or by the media. Time to bring it up

    May 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Heather


      May 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • huhb

      Because Marriage Equality is about public policy, not about religion.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
      • Heather

        Its about morals. So yes it is about God! Everything we do is suspposed to be

        May 30, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Sam Stone

      This is about equal rights. Your god is not an issue in formulating secular laws

      May 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • John

        just me & you Posted on I do family hirosty research. First of all start in the area where she grew up. Start by looking for her Mother Father, siblings. Best friends in school. Then go to your local court house and ask for a marriage license in her name. I also go to face book and enter names.I enter name in the white pages sometime you can find people that way.

        July 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • george

      If god did not want homosexuality then why did he create it? Why does god continue to create human beings who love someone who is the same gender as they are?

      May 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • lrp

      marriage is a man made concept, like the bible. not everyone believes in religion, or god.
      the institution of marriage is not that old relative to how long people have been inhabiting the earth, and it has many variations by country, culture religion and belief system.
      if 2 ppl love each other and want to commit to each other, i think that is something people of the world should celebrate, regardless of sexuality.
      just because people aren't use to something doesn't mean it's wrong: emancipation, woman's right to vote and choose, civil rights...the list goes on. there are worse things to worry about and far more pressing than this in america and around the globe

      May 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • ElCapitan

      Yes, I agree isn't that the root or the foundation those who wonder if it's right or wrong should be discussing; take notice of the "plumbing" something should click, something should make them see that the're not made for each other, same sex is "twisted!" Think about it when they do what they do, it's sooooo wrong.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:45 am |
  12. kramden11

    You people have become nothing but a pr agent for romney. Cut this crap out. It is not is promotion of a candidate who frankly, deserves none. Are you the second FOX???

    May 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  13. Jim Thomas

    To each his own,I guess.Just don't touch me.Jim ThomasPhx Az.

    May 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

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