Nadine Smith

FL Governor Says He Opposes Fed Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed By Nadine Smith | August 30, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Charlie Crist, Equality Florida, Florida, marriage amendment, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

Hours after sparking a firestorm with comments during a CNN interview, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he does NOT support an amendment to the US Constitution that would ban marriage for gay couples.

"In an interview that aired today, I was not discussing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage, which I do not support, but rather reaffirming my position regarding Florida's constitutional ban that I articulated while running for Governor. In fact, the interviewer's question reflected just that. I am fully supportive of civil unions and will continue to be as a United States Senator, but believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman."

Crist who is running as an independent for the US Senate has been charting a new political course aimed a pulling moderate Demorcrats, Republicans and Independents.
His comments today threatened that delicate coalition.

Here's the transcript from CNN's State of the Union with Ed Henry:

HENRY: Another big issue, same-sex marriage. Many conservatives like Marco Rubio support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But this week, the former Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman came out and said he's gay and he called on conservatives to kind of move to the political center and be more tolerant on this issue. You have previously said in your gubernatorial campaign, you supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Now that you're trying to occupy the political center, are you still in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage?

CRIST: I feel the same way, yes, because I feel that marriage is a sacred institution, if you will. But I do believe in tolerance. I'm a live and let live kind of guy, and while I feel that way about marriage, I think if partners want to have the opportunity to live together, I don't have a problem with that.

And I think that's where most of America is. So I think that you know, you have to speak from the heart about these issues. They are very personal. They have a significant impact on an awful lot of people and the less the government is telling people what to do, the better off we're all going to be. But when it comes to marriage, I think it is a sacred institution. I believe it is between a man and woman, but partners living together, I don't have a problem with.

HENRY: But governor, doesn't it sounds like you having it both ways by saying live and let live, but I also support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. If it's live and let live, why would you ban same-sex marriage?

CRIST: Well, everything is in a matter of degree, Ed, and when it becomes to the institution of marriage, I believe that it is between a man and a woman, it's just how I feel.


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first he is, then he isn't, then he is and then he isn't.
guess pancakes are as good as waffles.

Mr. Crist later on "clarified" his position. See over at PHB:

Below is a statement from Governor Crist regarding emails and statements that have been circulating today. Please feel free to contact the campaign for further questions.
Thank you,

Danny Kanner
Press Secretary
Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate

"In an interview that aired today, I was not discussing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage, which I do not support, but rather reaffirming my position regarding Florida's constitutional ban that I articulated while running for Governor. In fact, the interviewer's question reflected just that. I am fully supportive of civil unions and will continue to be as a United States Senator, but believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman."

Or above, since that's the statement that Nadine just posted.

Not that it matters. FMA won't happen any times soon, nor will there be a bill to legalize gay marriage in Congress any time soon. It's all a show.

Wait, he supports the Florida constitutional ban, but not a US constitutional ban? Isn't that position inconsistent? If he objects to a federal ban because it's too burdensome to the citizens of the US, why isn't it too burdensome for the citizens of Florida?

Do we expect politicians to be consistent? :)

janiice J carney | August 31, 2010 11:55 AM

I lived in the St Petersburg area and I have fallowed crist from his run to AG through Govener ,
He knows the only way to get elected to any state wide office in florida is to get some votes from the marjority of crazed far right christains. The good news is once he get elected he returns to reality. He will win the election or take enough votes from the nutbag Republican to get the Dem elected.