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Crist against using party money on gay marriage amendment

Gov. Charlie Crist said this morning he would "probably not" be in favor of using money raised by the Republican Party of Florida to help get a gay marriage ban amendment on the ballot. Crist made his comments just a day after RPOF chairman Jim Greer said he would support the amendment and was even willing to consider helping the group pushing the amendment financially.

Under former chairman Carole Jean Jordan, the party donated $300,000 to, the Central Florida group led by John Stemberger, to gather signatures for the amendment. The group fell short of enough signatures to get the measure on the 2006 ballot _ but they have turned in more than 466,000 signatures so far. The total needed to make the 2008 ballot is more than 611,000.