b-activists: Colin Powell has a change of heart about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

photo courtesy of bossip.com

photo courtesy of bossip.com

It’s great to start the day with a pleasant surprise. And reading the news that former Secretary of State, Colin Powell has decided that it is time for the archaic “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy to be ended, was indeed a very pleasant surprise. This is considering that Powell, a Conservative, was previously one of the strongest supporters of the notion that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to serve openly in the military. Today, Powell publicly admitted to changing his mind-

“In the almost 17 years since the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed… I fully support the new approach presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee this week by Secretary of Defense (Robert) Gates and Admiral (Michael) Mullen.”

Last October President Obama announced that he was working with Congressional leaders to end the policy that has led to 13,000 army men and women being discharged on account of their sexual orientation. While he didn’t give a timeline for this repeal, we hope that stands such as Colin Powell’s will speed up a change that is much overdue.

Yesterday b-listed told you about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Story Project,’ a collection of personal stories of people whose lives have been affected by this policy. You can add your own story to the site, take action and sign a petition to end the policy. Let’s hope that the end is near!

February 4, 2010 by ishita
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One Response to “b-activists: Colin Powell has a change of heart about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

  • it's a different world says:

    Posted: February 4, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Colin Powell always seemed like a thoughtful person somehow trapped in a conservative mindset. Very happy to see he’s FINALLY broadening his vision. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has to go!

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