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Charlie Crist Set To Announce Support For Gay Issues

Raw Story has gotten a hold of a memo closeted Governor Crist plans to release this week. The document announces support for a variety of issues related to the LGBT community.

Cc The document provided to includes Crist's vocal support for gay couples, including hospital visitation, inheritance and adoption rights; opposition to the ban on gays serving in the military; support for anti-discrimination laws and appropriations for HIV and AIDS programs.

"It's great to hear a sitting governor take such a strong stand on equality issues," Nadine Smith, Director of Equality Florida, told by telephone Sunday night. "This is the first time in Florida's history that a sitting governor has taken these public positions on a wide range of LGBT equality issues. It marks a shift in the debate in our state."

"For us, having the governor of Florida articulate so clearly stands that are in support of equality on a wide range of issues is a new day," Smith added. A representative of Crist's campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

Crist announced his support to repeal DADT earlier this year but has stated over and over again that he believes "marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman."

A copy of the document procured by Raw Story is AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. Not to be unfair to him, since this is a lot than most Republicans, but most of those issues aren't that controversial to support. More and more people are shrugging their shoulders at them. The big one is marriage, where we need him.

    But, it's good to have an ally across the aisle. However, this is nicely timed with his Senate campaign.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 13, 2010 12:44:25 AM

  2. I really appreciate this website for ALL of its content. That being said, I don't understand the need to label Gov. Crist as "closeted".

    Posted by: man-on-a-mission | Sep 13, 2010 1:20:31 AM

  3. The kind of juvenile gay-baiting I am seeing here is really contemptible and hard to fathom, especially when the candidate has stated favorable positions on a number of gay-related issues. I'm no Crist fan, but he's a hell of a lot better than Rubio will be. Or does your hatred of him for his supposed closet condition outweigh all fairness and common sense?

    Posted by: niles | Sep 13, 2010 2:47:49 AM

  4. Hmm, smells like SOMEBODY is looking for votes.

    Posted by: princely54 | Sep 13, 2010 2:47:49 AM

  5. wait for the denial, retraction or other flim flam. i will believe this is real when i hear it from crist's own lips. this has a stench of dirty political skulduggery based on crist's past statements and performance.

    and on red state florida, which is everywhere but dade and broward county, and MAYBE some of orange county this statement would be the kiss of death for virtually any political canditate, that's why grayson, whose positions these already are is in the fight of his life to stay in congress.

    i hope its true, but there is no evidence to support it.

    Posted by: jack | Sep 13, 2010 4:55:13 AM

  6. I will watch closely to see how Crist's appointee, Sen. LeMieux votes on the DADT repeal. Crist already gave us a ban, lets see if he has really changed.

    Posted by: Rafael | Sep 13, 2010 5:16:36 AM

  7. Crist is our best hope from Florida. If I lived there I'd vote for Kendrick Meek, the democrat, but the polls suggest he doesn't have a strong chance. Crist, as an independent, will most likely caucus with the democrats.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 13, 2010 6:41:57 AM

  8. Crist's appointee, Sen.LeMieux, has endorsed Rubio, who is rabidly rightwing.

    Many Democrats in FL are tempted to vote for the newly "Independent" Crist, since the Democrat Meek is weak. The Crist position on gays may help him gain gay votes & cost him little on the right since they won't vote for him anyway.

    The lesser of two evils isn't ideal, but it's better than the "worser of two evils".

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Sep 13, 2010 6:47:21 AM

  9. I'm sure it was all his wife's idea.

    Posted by: Mike Kilpatrick | Sep 13, 2010 9:25:17 AM

  10. As far as I can tell, with the glaring exception of DOMA repeal, this makes Crist as fierce an advocate for us as Obama is. Hopefully he means it.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 13, 2010 9:28:16 AM

  11. What a bunch of BS. Where was he on these issues as GOVERNOR? Nowhere. Now that he needs votes .... what a hypocrite.

    Posted by: John - St. Pete FL | Sep 13, 2010 9:32:26 AM

  12. dirt floor cracker

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 13, 2010 9:48:49 AM

  13. Isn't it too late, Crist, to change shirts and support these issues when you had PLENTY of time to show where you stand? Hypocrite! Now you want the gay vote, uh?

    Posted by: Chris in Irvine | Sep 13, 2010 10:10:43 AM

  14. eh, he is loosing badly in the florida 3 man race

    this is his hail mary pass to try to get some more votes

    Thanks crist but i would have been more impressed if done when u weren't a sure looser

    Posted by: reality bites | Sep 13, 2010 10:32:06 AM

  15. Somebody's looking for the gay vote now that he has no hope of capturing the far-right tea-party crowd! Interesting how, when he was a Republican, he supported bans on marriage equality and on gay adoption, and now, suddenly . . . he's rethinking. But it's good news when the political winds have shifted enough in our favor to make a hypocrite shift with them.

    As for those complaining about the use of the term "closeted" to describe Crist: it's common, well-documented knowledge, and it is worth pointing out, as Crist's efforts to be "straight" have no doubt colored his political positions on gay rights. Describing someone as "closeted" isn't hateful; being in the closet and taking advantage of straight privilege while working against gay rights (Crist's record thus far), however, is.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 13, 2010 10:39:22 AM

  16. Everyone should watch the documentary "Outrage"...... Crists closet is dangerous to us all.

    Posted by: John Normile | Sep 13, 2010 10:42:22 AM

  17. In my entire life I have NEVER seen a bigger political whore.

    Honest to dog, Crist's morals, values and positions change faster and more often than Florida weather.

    I don't trust the man as far as I can throw him. It's shameful that this scumbag is the better of the most electable choices in this god forsaken state.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 13, 2010 10:44:19 AM

  18. And BRIAN IN TEXAS, I'm going to ask you, ONCE AGAIN, to stop repeating your bullshit claim that Crist would caucus with the Democrats. You have absolutely NO basis for making that bullshit claim. How about you stick to Texas politics and keep your nose out of Florida. We've had quite enough of idiots from Texas disastrously affecting our politics, thank you very much. We're still trying to recover from George W. and Jeb who made Andrew look like charming invited guest.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 13, 2010 10:51:34 AM

  19. re: Brian in Texas: Crist is the "best hope" but he's so good that if you lived in FL you wouldn't vote for him. Gibberish like that makes it hard for anyone to take you seriously. And, of course, we don't.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Sep 13, 2010 11:39:56 AM

  20. Maybe crist was threatened with outing if he didn't roll back the hate.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 13, 2010 2:06:53 PM

  21. Only an idiot would trust this fool!

    Posted by: Brains | Sep 13, 2010 2:13:05 PM

  22. What does it matter if Crist says he will support gay issues. He is like a windmill turning in the wind. He will say anything to anybody get elected. Only a fool would trust him. Note to Nadine Smith: This does not constitute a shift in policy in Florida. He is done as governor!

    Posted by: John | Sep 13, 2010 3:46:06 PM

  23. @Tank, My thoughts exactly. It wouldn't surprise me to find out that somewhere there's a Crist gay sex-tape, and the person in possession of it blackmailed him into doing the right thing by his fellow gays.

    Posted by: Griff | Sep 13, 2010 5:19:45 PM

  24. With Republicans like this who needs Democrats?

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Sep 14, 2010 1:12:31 PM

  25. So much bullshit, so little time!

    Why vote for a pseudo-democrat when you can vote for a real Democrat, with a capital D.

    I'll be voting for Meeks.

    Let Crist split the Republican vote with Rubio, a well-known "tea bagger."

    Posted by: The Real Thing | Sep 14, 2010 6:32:54 PM

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