TALLAHASSEE, Florida (CBSMiami/NSF) - Amid speculation he will run as a
Democrat for his old job, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist on
Wednesday said he supports allowing same-sex marriage.
In a message posted on his Facebook page, Crist described as "great
news" a decision by Delaware officials to become the 11th state to allow
"I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look
forward to the day it happens here," Crist said in the message,
initially reported by the political site SaintPetersblog.
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Crist hinted at the position in December, after becoming a registered Democrat. He said at the time that he regretted signing a petition in
support of a 2008 ballot initiative that put a ban on same-sex marriage
in the state Constitution.
The Republican Party of Florida blasted Crist after the December
comments, sending out an email that said he was trying to have it "both
"Once again, Charlie Crist is showing he has two faces on any issue,"
the GOP said in the December email. "When Charlie Crist wanted
Republican (and Independent!) support, he took a strong, pro-family
stance against legalizing gay marriage. But today, he flipped yet
Crist, who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 instead of
seeking a second term in the governor's office, joined other politicians
who recently have changed stances to support same-sex marriage. Among
the most notable have been President Barack Obama and Ohio Republican
Sen. Rob Portman.
It remains uncertain whether Crist will run next year against
Republican Gov. Rick Scott. But Crist has taken steps for months to
boost his visibility and support among Democrats, including playing a
prominent role campaigning for Obama last year.
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.