Former GOP Florida Governor Charlie Crist Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Former GOP governor of Florida and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist previously apologized for a blatantly anti-gay political track record. Now he has made good on part of his promise to do everything he can to help achieve equal rights for same-sex couples and the LGBTQ community. He filed an amicus brief today in support of same-sex marriage in the Pareto v. Ruvin case set for a July hearing. 

CristEquality Florida reports:

"As former Governor, and as someone who previously supported this measure, Charlie Crist's words matter a great deal,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. “He has taken the same journey the majority of Floridians have taken in realizing that this ban serves no purpose but to disparage and discriminate against gay couples and our children."

In the brief, Crist stated that as a former Governor and Attorney General who previously supported the ban, he is in a unique position to provide the court a perspective on why it is wrong, harmful to Florida and harmful to gay couples and children who are denied the protections only marriage provides. 

In his brief, Crist references his own evolution, in conjunction with the American public's:

“Thus, with the arc of history now, in fact, bending toward justice, this issue of marriage equality will almost certainly not even be an issue for the children and grandchildren of this State. But it is still the duty of those in the present to recognize that the legitimacy of government depends upon its willingness to fairly, transparently, and equitably administer the law. That goal is frustrated by denying an entire class of citizens equality in the institution of marriage simply because of who they are and whom they love.”

Crist's brief is an exciting addition to this case, following others filed by the Orlando and Miami Beach city councils. 


  1. Chad says


    Of course, the elephant in the room (the drag queen in the gay bar? the leather daddy in the sex dungeon? whatever) is that Crist is a notoriously closeted queen herself.

  2. Russ says

    Q = Questioning?

    If you’re questioning your orientation, B covers it.

    If you’re questioning your gender, T covers it.

    A “Q” is hardly necessary.

  3. RonCharles says

    In all opinion polls Charlie Crist leads the current governor, Rick Scott. He represents the best chance for the Democrats to take the governorship this Fall in Florida.

  4. Mike in the Tundra says

    Okay Russ, it can stand for queer. Many of us accept that word as a political word. Of course, I’ve seen the two Qs together – LGBTQQ. Of course some prefer LGBTQQIA. I’ll let you to figure out the I and A.

  5. simon says

    Dr Blackwell:
    That is what a log cabin Republican or GOProuder would do. The will vote for Republicans because they will get a tax break. And they just say to the poor: Let them eat cakes.