Charlie Crist Supports Marriage Equality

Republican-turned-Democratic Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced he's for marriage equality on his Facebook page last night:

CristSome 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. I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.

Crist is potentially planning a run for governor of Florida as a Democrat.

In December, Crist said he regretted signing a petition in 2006 for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Florida.

The Tampa Bay Times writes:

Seems to us he still has some explaining to do about his position. Was it an evolution or an acknowledgement that he felt the need to discard his true feelings in '06 to avoid antagonizing social conservatives? Crist back then called himself a "live and let live" Republican and at one point suggested he backed civil unions (back then that position still carried some political risk) in an interview with Jim Defede.

And yet he signed the petition for the gay marriage ban initiative, and sent campaiign mailers touting his support for "traditional marriage." He will address Democrats in Hillsborough County Saturday night. Can he avoid talking about this?

And nobody's forgotten about this and this.

Comments

  1. Dastius Krazitauc says

    I don’t think he’ll ever come out. There is a “wife” involved now, and just like with Jason Collins and Jim McGreevey, there would be attacks about the damage he did to the poor innocent woman.

  2. Jay says

    Give me a break, Crist threw us under the bus over and over again. It was under his leadership that the gay marriage ban was ratified. I have no respect for men without principles.

  3. says

    Crist, like every other politician have no morals. They sit on the side of the fence they feel will get them elected. Don’t trust him. I’m sure it’s faux remorse.

  4. JONES says

    Your ‘regrets’ are meaningless. GO AWAY.

    The idea that this zombie is still considered a viable player in politics is a testament to our lack of quality in the civil service arena of this country.

    Take the same old reheated hash out and repackage it as the new and improved. Just like Mark Sanford in SC.

    Take your ‘regrets’ to the street and take a good look at the lives of homeless gay youth that you and your religious right bastards helped to destroy. Then I’ll hear your ‘regrets’.

  5. Artie_in_Lauderdale says

    The time has long since passed when politicians could rely on the media to maintain the “open secret” that they were gay. Charlie Crist could certainly defeat Rick Scott or any other sleazebag the Republicans scare up, but Crist will have to come out. If he doesn’t, the media (both progressive and mainstream) will do it for him.

  6. Aileron says

    He will come out for sure. Thinking this is a step in the right way, for the community as a whole, and his self acceptance. All he have to do know is shave of that beard…

  7. Cyberman says

    I like how politicians “evolve” on gay marriage its such bull, most of them still probably don’t think its right, but its still a win even though its a half assed one done for selfish reasons.

  8. Francis #1 says

    Of course a lot of these politicians are doing it for political reasons, Cyberman. We all know that. Hence the little movement on LGBT rights in Congress. With that being said, the conversation has tilted in our favor and that’s a good thing. It used to be politically smart to be anti-gay. Now it’s politically smart to be pro-gay.

  9. Francis #1 says

    Of course a lot of these politicians are doing it for political reasons, Cyberman. We all know that. Hence the little movement on LGBT rights in Congress. With that being said, the conversation has tilted in our favor and that’s a good thing. It used to be politically smart to be anti-gay. Now it’s politically smart to be pro-gay.

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