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Former Fla. governor Charlie Crist says he supports same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 9, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist has declared his support for same-sex marriage.

Charlie Crist

Crist made the announcement Wednesday through a post on Facebook, commenting on Delaware’s recent passage of marriage equality. Crist added that he supported marriage equality and looked forward to the day it exists in Florida.

“Some 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.”

The statement marks a shift in Crist’s views on gay marriage. He once supported Florida’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, but also later said he wouldn’t support a similar federal ban.

Crist became governor in 2006 as a Republican and ran unsuccessfully as an Independent in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.

He became a Democrat in December 2012 and there is widespread speculation he will challenge current Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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24 more reader comments:

  1. he should…..ahem….

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:25pm
  2. Hooray!

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:26pm
  3. did he support it when he wasn’t “former”?

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:26pm
  4. or is it safe now?

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:27pm
  5. He should have done it when he was in office.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:29pm
  6. he still wont get my vote I think he is a joke

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:32pm
  7. hmmm..lemme stick my wet finger in the air and see which way the political wind is blowing.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:33pm
  8. Too late, a’hole. You didn’t support us when you had the influence, I don’t give a crap now that you can’t do anything about it.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:35pm
  9. he is a self hateing gay…

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:37pm
  10. Doubt it

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:37pm
  11. Mr Crist your record is abominable. I am glad that you feel comfortable supporting equity for yourself in your closet, as usual.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:40pm
  12. fucker

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:42pm
  13. Guess he will becoming out by June

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:43pm
  14. Michael – youhit the nail on the head, tee, hee….

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:45pm
  15. Nope

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:47pm
  16. About bloody time!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:51pm
  17. Why is this news? It’s great, but like when will a celebrity or athlete that comes out as gay just be something normal?

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:59pm
  18. Wait! Isn’t he “gay?”

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:01pm
  19. My mom knows his mom and said his mom never saw him with a female… So Charlie come out of the closet.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:18pm
  20. Considering he’s had several long term male relationships, well he should

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 8:34pm
  21. Charlie always supports what his pollster tells him to…

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:02pm
  22. Yeah, but I don’t really want him to.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:19pm
  23. Have you ever noticed how quickily they change their tune when the publicans see their voting share drop. Two face hypocrites.

    Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:37pm
  24. Yes!

    Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:44am