Charlie Crist Asks FL Gov. to Stop Defending Gay Marriage Ban
Florida's Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has done a complete 180, now supports gay marriage, and has written an open letter to current Florida Governor Rick Scott asking him to stop defending the state's gay marriage ban in court.
"Florida deserves a governor who will stand up for all of the people of this state," writes Crist in his letter, posted in the Tampa Bay Times.
Towleroad reports that although Christ supported the ban on same-sex marriage when Florida voters passed it in 2008, he is now running as a pro-equality Democrat in this year's gubernatorial race. He said he wants to be on the right side of history, and points to his overturning of the state's ban on gay and lesbian adoption as his first steps toward that end.
"Four years ago, a district court of appeals ruled Florida's ban on gay and lesbian adoption unconstitutional," wrote Crist. "When the ruling came down, I believed it was my job as Governor to exercise the authority vested in me by the people and our Constitution. The day the judge ruled, I declared Florida's adoption ban over. Gay and lesbian parents began adopting the children they loved immediately. It is one of my proudest moments as an elected official."
Crist noted that Federal District Judge Robert Hinckle had given them the same opportunity last Thursday when he struck down Florida's ban on same sex marriage, and suggested that they take it.
"By declaring the marriage ban finished you could discourage any future appeals and end the nightmare that loving same sex couples all across our state endure every single day, ending court battles that could drag on for months or years," wrote Crist, referencing its impact on people like widow Arlene Goldberg, who last March lost her wife of 47 years, Carol Goldwasser, and lost her home because she was denied the social security benefits they had earned.