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Crist files legal brief in support of marriage equality

Rounding out a busy week on Friday, Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist filed a legal brief in support of marriage equality.

The brief comes as six same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses prepare for their day in court. They are suing Miami-Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin.

A hearing is scheduled for July 2 in Miami-Dade circuit court.

Crist was governor when Florida passed a constitutional amendment banning the recognition of same-sex marriages in 2008. 

In his brief, however, Crist called the ban "discriminatory" and said the courts should strike it down. 

"With the arc of history now, in fact, bending toward justice, this issue of marriage equality will almost certainly not even be an issue for the children and grandchildren of this state," Crist wrote. "But it is still the duty of those in the present to recognize that the legitimacy of government depends upon its willingness to fairly, transparently, and equitably administer the law. That goal is frustrated by denying an entire class of citizens equality in the institution of marriage simply because of who they are and whom they love."

Gay-rights advocates said they welcomed Crist's support.

"As former governor and as someone who previously supported this measure, Charlie Crist's words matter a great deal," said Nadine Smith, of Equality Florida, which filed the lawsuit with the couples. "He has taken the same journey the majority of Floridians have taken in realizing this ban serves no purpose but to disparage and discriminate against gay couples and our children."

The mayors of Miami Beach and Orlando have also filed legal briefs.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Pam Bondi's office announced that it will defend the state's gay marriage ban in the case.

Download Crist Filing Pareto v Ruvin

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ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters are disgusted that this most horrible man has not had his party leader preferred status removed after yet another embarrassment and offensive act toward the family friendly voters of florida. This scumbag crist is again found to be associating with a group of perverts and it is time he be removed as a candidate to find one that will not offend the entire state.

Can't take anymore

Interesting that Charlie and Morgan & Morgan are taking on Pam Bondi on this. Pam can (and probably would) spend the entire treasury of the State of Florida on private lawyers to maintain the status quo. Wonder how she would fare in court if she had to go mano a mano with Charlie on this before a Dade circuit judge? Too bad we'll never know.

Voice of reason

ed Nan Rich is also fully supportive of this group of perverts but yet you are supporting her?

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