Former Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist officially became a Democrat on Thursday (13 December) and was asked about a very un-Democrat decision he made while a member of his former political party.
In 2006, Crist signed a petition pushing for a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage in Florida.
He now says: ‘Would I do it today? No,’ Crist says, according to the Tampa Bay Times. ‘I think the best way to judge where my heart is is to look at the deeds that I have done, whether as attorney general, governor – restoration of rights, civil rights cases, things of that nature that I think show a compassionate heart and hopefully someone who cares and knows who the boss is – and the boss is the people of Florida.’
As governor, Crist was also anti-gay in appointing two state Supreme Court justices who oppose gay marriage and he supported a ban in gay adoption.
The 2009 documentary Outrage, insinuated that Crist is gay and conveniently became involved with women when it was politically beneficial. He married current wife, Carole Rome, when he was considered a possible vice presidential running mate for John McCain.
The movie points out that after a brief marriage to a woman who is now a lesbian, Crist claims to have lived a ‘monastic life’ for 20 years after that divorce. One of his former girlfriends who was with him when he ran for governor said in the film: ‘I think I should just keep my mouth shut. Call me in 10 years and I’ll have a story for you.’
In the film, Crist is shown on a radio show being asked about persistent gay rumors and says: ‘I love women, it’s a wonderful thing.’