Just as British Home Secretary Theresa May came Out4Marriage today, across the pond, former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has also announced that he supports equal marriage.

Speaking to CNN, he said: “I have no problem with it, and it was the Congress that imposed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, though it was certainly my position and my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred, as you’ll recall.”

Echoing comments made by President Obama when he announced his support, Mr Powell added: “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.”

Although in the 1990s he refused to allow openly gay members serving in the military, he released a statement in February 2010, suggesting that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy be removed.

Mr Powell endorsed Mr Obama for the 2008 presidential elections, though he has yet to announce any endorsement this year. However, he has sharply criticised Mitt Romney’s foreign policy advisers for their extreme right-wing views, including Mr Romney’s declaration that Russia was the “number one geopolitical foe” to the US.

Today, the Obama campaign released a separate LGBT manifesto, also pointing to out to the achievements made by his administration on gay and trans rights over the past three years.