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

Thursday, May 9, 2013
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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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