Charlie Crist Changes Stance, Officially Supports Gay Marriage

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What would Charlie Crist’s 2006 self think of today’s version of the politician? Seven years after the former Florida governor signed a petition to ban gay marriage in the state, the now-Democrat has come out in support of same-sex marriage.

Crist announced it on May 8 on his Facebook wall:

“Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington,” he wrote. “I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.”


The announcement marks a 180-degree flip for Crist, who Talking Points Memo says is considering running against Gov. Rick Scott (R) for the Democratic Party. Crist made the full party switch last year. Before that, he had run as an independent.

In December 2012, the former Republican had said he regretted voting in favor of a gay marriage ban.

“Would I do it today? No,” Crist told the Tampa Bay Times. “I think the best way to judge where my heart is, is to look at the deeds that I have done, whether as attorney general, governor — restoration of rights, civil rights cases, things of that nature, that I think show a compassionate heart and hopefully someone who cares and knows who the boss is — and the boss is the people of Florida.”

Sergio N. Candido

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