Charlie Crist, who served as Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican, is currently running for his old job as a Democrat. In addition to renouncing his old party, Crist apologized in a newly published interview for his anti-LGBT record as Florida Attorney General, Governor, and a 2010 Senate candidate.
WATERMARK: You’ve recently articulated support for marriage equality, adoption rights, employment non-discrimination protections… pretty much all the acknowledged ingredients of full LGBT equality. At the same time, I think it’s legitimate for members of the LGBT community to be skeptical.When you first ran for governor in 2006, you said that a ban on same-sex marriage was unnecessary, but then you signed a petition to place Amendment 2 [banning same-sex marriage] on the ballot…
CRIST: …and I’m sorry. I’m sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me.
Crist acknowledged that his previous support for the marriage inequality amendment and opposition to same-sex couples adopting were politically expedient and morally wrong. Those actions, he explained, “were examples of me trying to be a good Republican. I couldn’t do it anymore, and I’m sorry I did. I made a mistake. I’m not perfect… please don’t hold me to that standard. And I’m sincerely sorry.”
Crist pledgedto support an employment non-discrimination bill, to push for marriage equality, and to include LGBT issues on his campaign website. Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), he noted, opposes same-sex marriage.
(HT: Lisa Keen)