Gen. Colin Powell, a former U.S. Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that he supports marriage equality for same-sex couples, at either the state or federal level.
Appearing on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Wednesday, Powell said he has “no problem with” gay marriage.
“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.”
Powell said he is aware of religious objections to same-sex marriage, but spoke primarily about it as a matter of public policy, reported CNN.
“I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them,” Powell said.
Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was implemented in 1993.