Equal Rights

Powell: Repeal DADT

Seventeen years after helping to author "Don’t, Ask Don’t Tell," Colin Powell has reversed himself: He now opposes the policy and supports the rights of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, he said in a statement on Wednesday. “Attitudes and circumstances have changed,” he said. When Clinton announced his intentions to repeal the ban on gay soldiers in 1993, Powell was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and opposed the move, saying it would undermine discipline and order.