Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer that he has “no problem” with gay marriage.

When Blitzer asked, “You were chairman of the Joint Chiefs when you installed the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in the U.S. military that prevented gays from serving openly. I know you changed your attitudes over these years. But what about gay marriage? Are you with the president in supporting gay marriage?” Powell responded: “I have no problem with it.”

Powell added: “And it was the Congress that imposed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' It was certainly my position and recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, if you recall. But as I've thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay, but are in partnerships with loved ones. And they are as stable a family as my family is. And they raise children. And so I don't see any reason not to say that they should be able to get married.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)