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Crist speaks on gay marriage, then campaign clarifies

Charlie Crist, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate, is once again clarifying his position on a major issue. This time it's gay marriage.

Here's what he told CNN on Sunday when asked whether he is still in favor or 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."

But later Crist's campaign issued a statement clarifying his remarks: "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."

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