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Crist: I don't support - federal - gay marriage ban and am 'fully supportive of civil unions'

Gov. Charlie Crist clarifies tonight that he is not in favor of a federal constitutional ban on gay marriage, but that he does support Florida’s state ban which passed two years ago.

Also, he says he supports civil unions for same sex couples, but believes marriage “is a sacred institution between a man and a woman."

Here’s the governor’s full statement sent by his press secretary Sunday night to Nadine Smith of Equality Florida:

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From: "Danny Kanner" <danny@charliecrist.com>

Date: August 29, 2010 6:39:38 PM EDT

Subject: Statement from Governor Crist

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."

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