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Crist asks Scott to let federal gay-marriage ruling stand

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist sent a letter to Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, urging him not to appeal the recent federal court ruling that found Florida's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional.

"By declaring the marriage ban finished you could discourage any future appeals and end the nightmare that loving same sex couples all across our state endure every single day, ending court battles that could drag on for months or years," Crist wrote.

Crist was Florida's Republican governor when voters approved the Constitutional ban on gay marriage. But he later expressed his support for marriage equality, and filed a legal brief in support of six same-sex couples seeking to marry in Florida.

The text of his letter to Scott is below.

Dear Governor Scott:

Four years ago, a district court of appeals ruled Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption unconstitutional.

When the ruling came down, I believed it was my job as Governor to exercise the authority vested in me by the people and our Constitution. The day the judge ruled, I declared Florida’s adoption ban over. Gay and lesbian parents began adopting the children they loved immediately.

It is one of my proudest moments as an elected official.

Last Thursday Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle gave you the same chance to speak out for what is right when, in a ruling that would apply statewide, he struck down Florida’s ban on same sex marriage. By declaring the marriage ban finished you could discourage any future appeals and end the nightmare that loving same sex couples all across our state endure every single day, ending court battles that could drag on for months or years.

Courts throughout Florida are endorsing the principle that government ought not deprive an entire class of citizens the right to marry simply because of whom they love. Florida deserves a governor who will stand up for all of the people of this state.

You have the power to end the suffering of people like Arlene Goldberg. Last March, Arlene lost her wife and partner of 47 years, Carol Goldwasser. At a moment of enormous and understandable grief, Arlene had to suffer the humiliation of not being listed as Carol’s wife on the death certificate. Even worse, she lost her home because she was denied the social security benefits they had earned.

When faced with a very similar decision four years ago I did what I believed was best for Florida and best for the thousands of children waiting to be adopted by loving parents.

Today, I urge you to do what’s best for Floridians and declare the state will not be challenging Judge Hinkle’s Order or any other orders supporting the rights of all Floridians to marry.

Respectfully, Charlie Crist

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Voice of reason

Give em hell Charlie!

Rich

I don't live in Florida, but visit there frequently. The ban on same sex marriage makes Florida look bigoted and backward. I'd maybe like to live there someday, but not with that ban in place. Crist is right. It is time for Florida to quit fighting progress.

hank kelly

Kudos to Crist for doing this. We better be focusing on ISIS and the dwarf in the Kremlin who wants to be Mr Macho. The 21st century is not turning out to be a scientific marvel. Instead, it's witnessing savagery like no other century. Spending energy and valuable time about trying to prevent two people who love each other from getting married is imbecilic.

ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters are horrified that this scumbag crist would announce his support for these perverted activities greatly offending this family friendly state. They want their party leaders to immediately take action seen in other states to remove this most horrible person from their ballots so that this embarrassment will end and a candidate that can win election will be on their ballot.

Jade

I live in fl. Why the surprise that a dem would promote perversion.

Brandon

"Family friendly"? What about the families that are spoken about in this article? I guess those kids don't matter because their parents are the same gender?

ed jenkins

A reader helpfully points out that some innocent children mentioned in this article have found themselves in homes with perverts, something the citizens of this family friendly state certainly are horrified by which is why they passed laws against such horrible circumstances. The citizens want the authorities to remove these innocent children from such abusive homes and placed in proper homes or charities that will care for them rather than having them neglected in such horrible circumstances.

nick zachetti

Not just for the reason of what is right, or for the reason that it is going to happen anyway with the circuit court for Florida, or the US Supreme Court - but maybe this will also work to pad his own agenda to show democrats that he has EVERYONE in is eye sights as equal citizens and that he works for all citizens not just for those that vote for him.
It takes a strong person with a sense of right and wrong to stand up to their own part and say, no I can't vote for that because it is wrong or I will vote for this because it is right. That is true leadership.
Setting aside political agenda for the moment and looking the issue.

Equality doesn't hurt anyone, yet inequality hurts a lot of people.
So the best answer is always to do the no harm route even if a few people don't like it.
It also isn't about religion, because we don't dictate one religion views to another (catholic to baptist, etc). Thus it is strictly about what helps people.

Sometimes the best solution is to do nothing and in this case it is as well. No spending millions that the state can't afford to fight something that you know you are going to lose in the end. Spend that money on something that will make the state a better place, make jobs, reduce greenhouse gas and such.
A few million bucks will go a long way.

nick zachetti

Poor Ed needs to go to google and see what the term family means.
Sometimes a family can be just one parent.

The rants about perversions are almost laughable.
It is painfully obvious that you do not know one person that is gay. Easy to point and cry about something if you have no reference by knowing someone.
Oh and Crist was a republican, not the 'liberal' that everyone wants to paint him as being.

Your view of religion is yours to do as you please, but not when it infringes on the liberties of another citizen.

alabamian

Wow, I do believe our prison systems are full of aka straight Percewho have raped sodomized or performed some type of sexual conduct with children of there own or a relative and so forth. Key word here is heterosexual  male and females, as well heterosexual crackheads or dead best straight parents whose kids are put in the system BC they can't or want take care of them . I must say that in itself speaks volumes, how many gay families do you personally know and how many have you ever heard of being disfunctional, when you get facts on that then compare those numbers to your heterosexual families and then let the world know your opinion based on facts not perception. When your done with that I guarantee you will there are good peoples and bad people in all walks of life just saying

Greg Demarcus

Thank you to all of the wonderful people supporting marriage equality for us. How wonderful
To be surrounded by ppl like you . God bless you.

Wayne

Scott is Florida's new Anita Bryant......OJ anyone?????

AIslander

@ed jenkins: You obviously are obsessed with some very wrong and warped ideas about gays and their families.

FYI, EVERY U.S. Professional Association and Academy related to child rearing strongly supports same sex marriage, adoption and parenting, including the consensus that children raised in two parent same sex households fare at least as well as those raised in two parent heterosexual households.

These organizations include, but are not limited to: The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The American Psychoanalytic Association, The American Psychological Association, The American Sociological Association, The Child Welfare League of America, The National Association of Social Workers, and The Donaldson Adoption Institute. These are the experts who actually matter in public policy and the courts.

Now, who supports your uneducated opinion? (cue crickets....)

You would rather these children remain in taxpayer supported public institutions and programs until they "age out" and are unceremoniously dumped onto the streets rather than be adopted into loving same sex households?

How prejudiced, ignorant, pathetic and hateful.

ed jenkins

Some readers have made it known that they are aware of innocent children that have found themselves trapped in these households with perverts. The citizens have long stated that although children can make it out of all kinds of abusive households and turn out ok they do not want to put children through this kind of abuse and want any who know of this to report it to proper authorities who can rescue these children.

InisMagrath

Ed Jenkins = ignorant bigot

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