Thursday, February 4, 2010

Powell Backs Repeal of DADT

General Colin Powell is on board with repealing DADT.

Gen. Colin L. Powell, who as the nation’s top military officer in the 1990s opposed allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, switched gears today and threw his support behind efforts to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law he helped shepherd in.

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

At the Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. John McCain got testy when he found out that the military was now open to repealing the law, reminding Admiral Mullen that Congress makes the law, not the Pentagon. That’s a bit of a switch from Mr. McCain’s earlier stance a few years ago when he said he and the Senate would listen to the generals, including Gen. Powell, on the matter of DADT.