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Colin Powell supports marriage equality

Colin Powell supports marriage equality

Politico reports that Colin Powell endorses marriage equality:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell supports same-sex marriage — and he doesn’t necessarily believe the issue should be left up to states.

“I have no problems with it,” Powell, who served under George W. Bush, says in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that airs in full at 5 p.m. Wednesday. “I don’t see any reason not to say that [same-sex couples] should be able to get married under the laws of their state or the laws of the country.”

A story in Parade Magazine relates that when Powell served as Senior Warden at his local Episcopal Church and says he learned about kindness from the priest:

Many years ago I was the warden—the senior lay­person—of a small suburban Episcopal church in northern Virginia. During that time, the bishop assigned to our parish an elderly priest, in some kind of distress and in need of a parish, to serve as an assistant pastor. I never knew the ­nature of his problem. We just welcomed him into the church, treated him as one of us, and ministered to him, just as we ministered to one another. He was with us for a year. On his last Sunday, he was assigned the ­sermon. As he finished, he looked out over the congregation and with a smile on his face quietly concluded, “Always show more kindness than seems necessary, ­because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.” That sentence hit me with a special force that has remained with me for four ­decades. His lesson was clear: Kindness is not just about being nice; it’s about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect.


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BillD, *that* Tony Perkins was, more or less, publicly gay. ;-p

JC Fisher

Gary Paul Gilbert

Now that Colin Powell is out of office, he can perhaps speak the truth, unlike when he was Secretary of State under George W. Bush, when questioning official policy would have cost him his job. What courage! He gave that infamous presentation to the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. case against Iraq in February 2003 where he used faked evidence to show that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. His job was more important than the lives of American service members.

In 1993, when he was Chairman of the Service Chiefs, Powell forced President Clinton to abandon his plan to open the military to openly gay people. His opposition to gays in the military made Clinton come up with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

What a hero when he had power!

Still, at least he seems to acknowledge his errors. But this is not a great spokesperson for equality, when African-American politicians back in the nineties were accusing him of cowardice for not standing for equality for all service members.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Bill Dilworth

Until I googled “Tony Perkins,” I was wondering why the opinion of the actor that played Norman Bates in _Psycho_ would be persuasive for anybody when it came to marriage equality…

Clint Davis

First of all, thank you very much, General Powell, for your kindness to us. I find it unbelievable that someone put your thoughtful point of view, and indeed you yourself, beneath a snake like Tony Perkins in her estimation.

Second of all, be real, y’all. I can’t imagine what it takes someone to get over a conviction that basically boils down to this: that one’s own yuk factor is so important, and tuned into an eternal truth, that one feels no conflict with their conscience in depriving others of life, liberty, or property, even believing that these deprivations serve a common good. Evidence to the contrary is never, and will never be, as persuasive as this primal yuk, esp. if this is a shared yuk backed up with millenia of prejudice and custom. Further, this yuk need not be relinquished because no harm, deprivation or pain comes to the one whose yuk is this important. This person will never know, and can never know, and has no interest in ever knowing, what suffering this yuk has wrought in the lives of millions throughout human history. But one Day this will be laid bare, and the least will become greatest, and the greatest will become least. One Day, these yuk-ers will know what they have wrought, and ask for mercy for actual suffering and harm inflicted on those who did not deserve it. The hope and promise is that this mercy will be granted. But these yuks have cast great millstones around the necks of those already drowning. Yet, Father forgive them, these yuk-ers, they know not what they do.


Nicole, if my colloquialism “I’ll bite” suggested to you that I took your previous post as bait, I assure you that was NOT my intention.

I am just *genuinely curious* what living Christians are influential to you. If you’d prefer to reach me by email, you can at jcf1899 at gmail dot com

Pax et bonum,

JC Fisher

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