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Following the appeals court ruling earlier today which upheld an earlier ruling declaring it unconstitutional, Florida Governor Charlie Crist said the state would stop enforcing the 33-year-old ban ban on gay adoption.
"Crist lauded the court ruling as ``great'' and told reporters at a 2:30 news conference he would immediately stop enforcing the ban. Crist said he wanted to confer with the adoptive father at the center of the case before deciding whether to appeal. He said, however, that he believes the state Supreme Court wouldn't overturn the court rulings."
Watch Crist speak with reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...
Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he has undergone an "appropriate evolution" on gay adoption and would consider dropping the state lawsuit opposing adoption of two foster children by Frank 'Martin' Gill, he told reporters today.
“I think we need to review that. My comments really reflect that it’s better to have more of the judicial branch involved in this process. I think that most who follow the judiciary recognize that what’s in the ‘best interest of the child’ is what should be paramount in these kinds of decisions. That’s what I believe and I think that’s what will be the best for them."
Asked why he doesn't just drop the case, Crist responded:
"I’m going to review it before I would make that call.
Adding, "Not a whole lot has changed [in my position] to be candid. I also said (back in 2006) that I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. And I am. As I said this morning, I think that the older you get, the less judgmental you become. Maybe I was more rigid earlier. But I don’t feel that way. And I know who’s supposed to be judging people and it’s not me."
Over the weekend, Raw Story posted a new Crist document citing support of various issues important to the LGBT community.
Crist's Tea Party opponent Marco Rubio immediately attacked Crist, now running for Senate as an Independent, over his gay adoption statements through Rubio's spokesperson Alex Burgos: "For say and do anything political opportunist Charlie Crist, an appropriate evolution is dependent upon whichever way the wind blows and whose votes he desperately needs today. Just as he did in 2006, we have no doubt that if Charlie Crist was still a Republican he would be attacking Kendrick Meek today for supporting gay adoption."
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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.
The document provided to RawStory.com 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 RawStory.com 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.