Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Gen. Colin Powell on Gays in the Military

Retired General Colin L. Powell, former Secretary of State, now, 17 years later, states the "don't ask, don't tell" restrictive legislation should be repealed.

"Attitudes and circumstances have changed," Powell said. "It's been a whole generation" since the legislation was adopted, and there is increased "acceptance of gays and lesbians in society," he said. "Society is always reflected in the military. It's where we get our soldiers from." He also stated, "we've had a lot of experience watching what other nations have done."

It would have been nice if he could have come to this conclusion 17 years ago when I wrote him, along with lots of other citizens, in hopes of changing his military mind to “allow” gays to serve our country.

It is long over due. And now Gates thinks it has be “reviewed for a year.” Why? There have always been gays in the military.

We all know that. Don’t they?

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