Colin Powell came out on Wednesday—in support of gay marriage, that is. The former secretary of state told Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room that he has “no problem” with same-sex couples marrying. Powell addressed the legal side of the issue, saying that “a contract between two people … allowing them to live together with the protection of the law” should be the direction the U.S. is headed. Powell called out President Obama’s support on the issue, revealed earlier this month, adding, “I support the president’s decision.” Powell said he respected that many religious institutions did not want to marry gay couples, but said in the end, marriage rights should be had by all.
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