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Charlie Crist listened to Miami activist Joseph Falk, returned to Tampa and posted gay marriage support

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Charlie Crist, rumored to be running as a Democrat for Florida governor, has come out in favor of gay marriage.

“I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here,” Crist quietly announced Wednesday night on his Facebook page, hours after Delaware became the 11th state to legalize gay marriage.

Crist, formerly a Republican governor, apparently has evolved since the last time he ran for public office in 2010. During the GOP primary campaign against Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, Crist told CNN he supported a constitutional ban against marriage equality.

“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,” Crist said at the time, adding that when it comes “to the institution of marriage, I believe that it is between a man and a woman. It's just how I feel."

Wednesday afternoon, Crist met in a Biscayne Boulevard restaurant with Miami mortgage broker Joseph Falk a public policy advisor at Akerman Senterfitt and former board chairman of SAVE Dade, the county’s largest gay-rights group.

“We discussed a great number of topics, one of which, of course, was the issue of marriage equality,” said Falk, a national Democratic Party fundraiser and activist. “He listened to some of the topics and he did not tell me that he was going to go on Facebook later that night and announce his decision to support marriage equality.”

Falk said Crist said little about the issue at lunch, before the former governor returned to Tampa.

“We talked and he said, ‘I’m already there,’" Falk recalled. "I did not press him, nor question or give him advice on whether it was the appropriate time to make any kind of formal announcement. But I did say this was important to a large constituency group here in Florida.”

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Charlie is a fraud who will do and say anything to get elected. If you homosexuals are foolish enough to fall for his obvious BS, then you're suckers in more than one way.

Do you honestly believe that if Charlie Crist would be the sitting freshman Republican Senator that he would have "evolved." Of course not, this is blatant political opportunism. There is no greater hypocrite on these issues than Charlie Crist.

I have to agree with what Richard Nixon posted above. If you Homophiles have any common sense, you won't trust Charlie Crist any farther than you can prance without your loafers.

In 2006 when Crist was running for Governor, he stated that he was in favor of civil unions. After he was elected, he campaigned for a state constitutional amendment which outlawed same-sex marriages and CIVIL UNIONS.

But don't worry, this time you can trust Charlie to keep his word.

I'm sure Rick Scott is a better alternative for moving ahead with the marriage equality issue. LMAO! But, it's early and we will just have to see. Who knows? Maybe the Tea Party of Florida will have a change of heart.

Rick "big dick" Scott is a fraud that will do and say anything to get re-elected. If you republitards are foolish enough to fall for his obvious BS, the you're suckers in more than one way. Rick "big dick" Scott has "evolved" on every issue since 2011 because he is so desperate to get re-elected. Rick "big dick" Scott is the ultimate flip-flopper and a fraud.

a politician supporting what will get him elected, what else is new, charlie is still a far better choice than any republican

If Democrats vote for this man, they are as hypocritical as they come and are voting for him solely because of party affiliation. This man is the poster child for what is wrong with politicians in this country, and their sense of entitlement for public office. Whatever it takes to get votes... and people fall for it time after time after time. This man has 'flip-flopped' more than any politician in my lifetime.

If Republicans vote for Rick "big dick" Scott, they are as hypocritical as they come and are voting for him solely because of party affiliation. Scott is the poster child for what is wrong with politicians in this country, and their sense of entitlement for public office. Whatever it takes to get votes... and people fall for it time after time after time. Scott has 'flip-flopped' more than any politician in my lifetime.

Charlie Crist is gay. It is about time that he came out.

Wait, whaaaat? Homosexuals want to get married? Haven't they suffered enough already?

Charlie Crist is a fraud. He switched parties because he had no chance to win the Republican nomination for the senate. Now he is an ambulance chaser working out of Orlando and wants to get back to Tallahassee, I made
the mistake of working for four months as a volunteer in his first campaign for governor just to see later what kind of fake he was. I nearly vomited when I saw
him kissing a...to Obama at the Democratic Nationnal
Convention.

I believe that Joseph Falk has the integrity to ask the fundamental questions of the past Governor as it relates to LGBT community. A man of great knowledge of the subject matter ensures that we will have a champion doing our bidding. The enlightenment of the mass majority of Americans will prevail and push ahead progressive thought and fairness.
Barry Richard (former brother in law)

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