Kendrick Meek’s U.S. Senate campaign has responded to a RawStory.com report that opponent Charlie Crist now supports a variety of gay-rights measures:
Meek Campaign Hammers Crist On His Total Flip On LGBT Issues
Campaign: "The only thing Charlie Crist says today that you can believe tomorrow is that he wants to be elected."
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. -- The Kendrick Meek campaign responded to reports of Charlie Crist making a too little, too late change on a host of issues important to Florida's LGBT community. While Kendrick Meek was on the front lines of the fight for equality in Florida, conservative Charlie Crist stood in strong opposition.
"Can anyone believe anything Charlie Crist says anymore?," asked Abe Dyk, Kendrick Meek's campaign manager. "It's obvious Charlie Crist is willing to say anything. The only thing Charlie Crist says today that you can believe tomorrow is that he wants to be elected. The only thing we know about Charlie Crist's track record is that he is a lifelong conservative Republican who has fought against every Democratic value. The governor's charade trying to hide his lifelong conservative record just to get elected is an insult to every Floridian."
Charlie Crist has a long record of taking stands that hurt Florida's LGBT community. For years, he stood firmly against repealing the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Earlier this year, Crist said the discriminatory policy "was working" on a Monday only to come out in favor of it's repeal on a Thursday -- after the policy's demise was assured. And, in 2008, he supported a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Florida that excludes LGBT couples from marriage or "any other legal union -- a standard that would ban civil unions," the Orlando Sentinel reported. A few weeks ago, Crist still claimed to be in favor of Amendment 2 in Florida.
Kendrick, in contrast, has been a champion of LGBT rights. He co-sponsored multiple attempts to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and has been a leader in calling for the repeal of Florida's gay adoption ban. Unlike Charlie Crist, Kendrick stood against Florida's gay marriage ban, Amendment 2.
Time and again, Kendrick has fought to outlaw discrimination against LGBT Americans. He has consistently voted for the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. And he has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, SAVE DADE, and the Stonewall Democrats.