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Charlie Crist: Florida Governor and Attorney General Don't Have to Defend Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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In an interview with the Miami Herald, Charlie Crist says Republican Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi do not have to defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage in court and can make the choice to "make sure new and better things happen in Florida." 

Crist, who as Republican governor supported the ban when it was passed by Florida voters back in 2008, is now running as a pro-equality Democrat in this year's gubernatorial race. 

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Gives Whackadoodle Answer When Asked About Gay Marriage: VIDEO


This week Florida Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, opening the door for gay couples to begin marrying in the Florida Keys as early as next week.

Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed, effectively freezing Garcia's ruling.

Governor Rick Scott was asked by FOX4 News about his feelings on the ruling and same-sex marriage in the state, and nobody could figure out what he was talking about.


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RoadFlordia Governor Rick Scott talks out of both sides of his mouth: "Asked about gay marriage in questioning from reporters afterward, Scott refused to support an overturn to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He says 'people have differing views and 'what's important to me is that we don't discriminate against anybody.'"

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Charlie Crist Regrets 2006 Anti-Gay Marriage Petition: VIDEO


Former Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist today filed the paperwork officially making him a Democrat, a party switch Crist announced after a holiday party at the White House last weekend.

Speaking with the reporters who turned out for the event, Crist was asked about his decision in 2006 to sign a petition pushing for a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage in The Sunshine State.

"Would I do it today? No," Crist said, according to 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."

Crist also said he signed up with the Democrats because "they care"; "they're compassionate," he said, contrasting them with Florida's current governor, Rick Scott.

Watch video of Crist discussing his marriage equality position, whether anyone in the Obama administration has encouraged him to run for governor again (yes) and his place in the political world today AFTER THE JUMP.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Puts Gays on Notice: 'I believe that adoption should be by a married couple.'

IN an interview with reporters yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott was asked about his feelings about the state's policy on gay adoptions, which were just legalized after the court struck down a 30-year ban.

Scott Answered Scott: "I believe that adoption should be by a married couple."

Scott's position has state advocacy groups very concerned.

Florida Together writes, in an email:

Obviously, this is an end-run around the courts on gay and lesbian inclusive adoption, it could remove millions of Floridians from the adoption process and leave tens of thousands of children in state foster care who could otherwise be adopted by loving families. 

The Governor’s statement was clear but it was not the only insight we learned.

Just yesterday, Governor Rick Scott named David Wilkins as Secretary of the Department of Children and Families – the state agency responsible for implementing adoptions in Florida. David Wilkins serves as Finance Chairman for Florida Baptist Children’s Homes – an “organization dedicated to providing Christ-centered services to children and families…”

Among its missions, the Florida Baptists Children’s Homes provides adoption services. To adopt through them, they, “require that you be a professing Christian, be active in a local Christian church, and follow a lifestyle that is consistent with the Christian faith.”

Such a narrow view of adoption is well outside the mainstream in Florida, leaves millions of Americans out of the process and disregards what is in the best interests of the child. It is, in a word, dangerous to have a man with these narrow values setting adoption policy for all of us.

With this appointment and Governor Scott’s statement today, we are profoundly disappointed but not surprised.  In real terms it means the showdown on adoption may be just starting instead of nearing an end.

Fortunately, our friends and allies at ACLU of Florida (who filed and won the court case allowing gay and lesbian adoption in Florida) have called a meeting in Orlando on Saturday, February 5th to prepare our next steps to defend and protect this ruling from the attacks we know now are sure to come. Florida Together is proud to attend and we invite you to join us there: organizing strategy session to be held on Saturday, February 5th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orlando Sheraton - Downtown

The Miami Herald adds: "Scott said he and Wilkins have not discussed whether to attempt to challenge an appeals court ruling from Miami-Dade that said the state law banning gays and lesbians from adopting is unconstitutional. Shortly after that ruling, DCF said it would no longer enforce the ban. Scott spokesman Brian Burgess said the governor has no plans to revive the ban on gay adoptions at this time."

Florida AG Bill McCollum Loses Gubernatorial Primary


Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, staunch defender of the state's ban on gay adoption, lost the gubernatorial primary to former hospital exec Rick Scott. While there's a certain schadenfreude in seeing McCollum lose, Rick Scott is just as, if not more conservative, opposes gay adoption and same-sex marriage. Scott faces Democrat Alex Sink in November.

Information on all the primary races across the country HERE.


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