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Updated on May 24, 2012

Could he be wrong again and again?

"Collin Powell endorses homosexual marriage," so what? He is now trying to show that he is a "team player", when he has never been one.

Take a look at the confusion he created, when he was Secretary of State in the first President George W. Bush's government. There was never a day that passed without him having an argument with Vice-president Dick Cheney or some other member of the Cabinet.

His announcement at the U.N. that Iraq had nuclear weapons stored in several places in that country has later stunned himself, because it was known that he had reviewed the CIA report on the issue wrongly and had delivered the message in it without stopping to make sure of all the facts.

It was a personal mistake that he made; and that led to the Iraqi war. Finally, he was made to resign for Condoleeaza Rice to replace him, and she was able to do a better job than her male predecessor with military credentials.

So, it was no big surprise that he was changing his outlook to correspond with what he thought that "attitudes and circumstances have changed," as he said in the interview, starting with the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in the armed forces that he helped to put in place.

However, the point is, whether President Barack Obama or Colin Powell endorses two men or two women marrying each other is proper or.not is what must be focused on.

The huge confusion that such an arrangement would bring for society to deal with, whether in the example of two men coupling as one entity. Should they pose as "husband and husband" or who would be the "wife", and if so, which one?

The same would apply where two women would decide to marry each other, and there would be two "wives" facing each other. When that should happen, even the families that those people had would be confused, with children that they were raising, who did not know the realism of such an existence; because that (existence) would only be functional just to the two people involved, and not for the children's sake.

Those children would be forced to guess what was going on; and telling "Dad" from "Mom" would be a daunting task. What an experience to bring into the world for members of the same family not knowing where they had come from.

They (children, if there were any) would have to accept what was not understandable and just carry on with their lives; but what controversial education would they have for life in general, after being subjected to a "closet" life style of their two supposed parents?

Cultures of all kinds, and throughout the ages, have recognized marriage as being between a man and a woman. To have anyone or any group of people to change that, just because of how they felt, would be senseless; especially, when there was a way to sort out the issue.

Domestic partnerships or Civil unions could have the same rights and privileges as marriage; and with them being backed by state and federal laws to be recognized as such.

However, to say that Obama or Powell endorsed the idea of same sex couples, and so that would be suitable for all Americans would be forcing them to accept something that not all of them were comfortable with.

The late and scholarly Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts” and he was right; and that Powell has the freedom to express his opinion, but he should realize that he could not be the judge on the subject of two men marrying each other, because he did not have all the facts. No, not as yet.

Unlike the blunder he committed at the U.N., which was speculative, the impact of it has plunged the world and society into an abyss that has almost become impossible to come out of, because it was purely speculative. On homosexuals coming together as "man and wife" could not be approached in that whimsical manner, for the effect was still unknown; "the jury is still out," on the matter.

Therefore, his comments were his own, based on the direction he thought Americans were going; but could he be wrong again?


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    • glenn wallace profile image

      glenn wallace 5 years ago

      My understanding was that Powell's report to the UN was verbatim exactly what the Bush administration wanted him to report... not that he had reviewed the intelligence reports wrong.

      Of course, you could make the argument that Powell just blindly goes along with whatever the current administration says, which would definitely make any of his future pronouncements a little suspect.

      @Romance: Small children can't 'consent' and since hetero statutory rape is still widely enforced I don't think that's a valid fear.

    • American Romance profile image

      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      This issue becomes more prevalent as society sinks deeper into moral decay. I suspect in the next 20 years we will be allowing adults to have sex with small children that consent. Either we fight now or lose forever.............