Colin Powell, an Architect of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Now Favors Its Repeal

February 03, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Adm. Mike Mullen is now joined by the influential former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“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.”

Powell was one of the leading forces behind the 1993 legislation that came to be codified as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” For Powell to change his mind on the issue is a serious boost to the law’s repeal.

Via John Aravosis.