Nightly News   |  February 03, 2010

Powell favors repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Colin Powell lent his voice to the growing chorus of military leaders who are calling for an end to the current policy for gays serving in the military. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: A big boost for the Obama administration's plan to allow gays to serve openly in the military, and it came from retired General Colin Powell . As chairman of the Joint Chiefs during the Clinton years, Powell backed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, but he now says, quote, "Attitudes and circumstances have changed since those years."