Harvard University students passed out pink balloons Thursday to show Gen. Colin Powell their displeasure at his opposition to lifting the ban against gays in the military.
The balloons, bearing the words "Lift the Ban," were to be used to greet the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff when he delivers the commencement address in afternoon ceremonies at Harvard."The balloons are one for every gay person that's been forced to leave the military under Powell's tenure," said Jack Wofford of the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus.
He said the protest is not against Powell as a person, but "about the policy" that he supports.
Powell has said he opposes President Clinton's pledge to lift the ban against gays serving in the military.
One student said Powell "represents homophobia" in this country.
Chants of "Lift the Ban" were expected during Powell's appearance.
Some faculty members planned to turn their backs on Powell when he receives an honorary degree.