Charlie Crist Lashes Out Against Less Orange Extremists Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio

Charlie Crist has one more week to find out whether Floridians will let him replace the title "Gov." with "Sen." Running as an independent candidate (find him on Line 9 on your ballot, all the way at the "bottom"), he is now free to (read: forced to) take on establishment Republicans so he can nudge in between the Dems and GOP. How to do so? Assault the Tea Party "extremism" where "Roe v. Wade is overturned and being moderate is a curse." You can do this by not voting for Sarah Palin in Florida, apparently. And be sure to on this video in the space below, because Mr. Crist's campaign has disabled comments on the YouTube page, lest you get any silly ideas.

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Meek: Crist Flip-flops on Gay Rights

CHARLIE CRIST 20100614 X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMKendrick Meek, the Democratic congressman running to represent Florida
in the Senate, blasted opponent Charlie Crist and accused him of being
disingenuous in his support for the right of gays to adopt. Daily News

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FLORIDA: Gov. Charlie “Closet Case” Crist Backtracks On Support For Gay Adoption

Joe. My. God.

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Watch: Crist Says Florida Will Stop Enforcing Gay Adoption Ban


Following the appeals court ruling earlier today which upheld an earlier ruling declaring it unconstitutional, Florida Governor Charlie Crist said the state would stop enforcing the 33-year-old ban ban on gay adoption.

The Miami Herald reports:

"Crist lauded the court ruling as “great'' and told reporters at a 2:30 news conference he would immediately stop enforcing the ban. Crist said he wanted to confer with the adoptive father at the center of the case before deciding whether to appeal. He said, however, that he believes the state Supreme Court wouldn't overturn the court rulings."

Watch Crist speak with reporters, AFTER THE JUMP

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Why Adoptive Father Hopeful Doesn’t Want Charlie Crist to Abandon Florida’s Appeal

Now that Charlie Crist has flip-flopped on his support of Florida's ban on gays adopting, he's got to decide whether he's going to continue with the state's appeal of Martin Gill's lawsuit, which in the last round granted him the right to adopt a kid despite being a homosexual. You might think Gill wants Crist to abandon the appeal, but you'd be wrong.


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Meek on Crist: No Friend to Gays

CHARLIE CRIST KENDRICK MEEK X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMAmid reports that Florida governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie
Crist is about to come out in support of gay rights legislation, his
Democratic opponent, Kendrick Meek, has said Crist is no friend to gays and
lesbians. Daily News

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Remember When Charlie Crist Was Attacking Other Candidates For Pro-Gay Positions?

With Florida Gov. Charlie Crist ready to embrace the gays as he tries suckering his way into a U.S. Senate seat against Republican candidate Marco Rubio, his past was surely going to come back to haunt him. And no, I don't mean his sexual relationships with other men. I mean that time he used his opponents' support for LGBT equality to attack them.


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Crist to Expand Support for Gay Rights

CHARLIE CRIST X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMFlorida governor and Senate candidate Charlie Crist is set to expand his support for gay rights in a position paper to be released as early as this week. Daily News

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Crist supports his state’s constitutional ban on marriage and civil unions

Yesterday, Charlie Crist announced on CNN that he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. My post is on that news is here.

Last night, Crist’s campaign clarified those remarks, kinda. See, Charlie thought CNN’s Ed Henry was only asking him about Florida’s constitutional ban on marriage, not the amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S. constitution. Charlie wanted us all to know he supports the state ban, not the federal ban. Now, why would Ed Henry ask a candidate for U.S. Senate a question about a federal ban? I mean, the Senate’s only voted on that very issue twice. Not buying it.

Plus, we already knew Crist supported a state ban, because he was vocal about that support in 2008 when Florida’s ban, Amendment 2, passed. Here’s what Crist said then:

Gov. Charlie Crist voted yes Tuesday on Amendment 2, which seeks to define marriage in the Florida’s Constitution as a union between a man and a woman. “I voted for it,” Crist said outside the polling place. “It’s what I believe in.”

It’s what he believes in.

Equality Florida has Crist’s statement after the CNN interview:

In an interview that aired today, 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. In fact, the interviewer’s question reflected just that. I am fully supportive of civil unions and will continue to be as a United States Senator, but believe marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman.”

That’s ridiculous. Apparently, Crist believes it acceptable to enshrine bigotry in constitutions at the state level. And, as for that support of civil unions, well, here’s the language of Florida’s Amendment 2:

Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.

To be clear, “no other legal union” means civil unions. That’s what Crist voted for in November of 2008. So, Crist now says he supports civil unions, but supported his own’s state’s constitutional ban on civil unions.

Crist is a hypocrite. A big hypocrite. And, he’s opened himself up to the kind of media scrutiny that’s he been able to avoid for all these years. It’s time for the corporate media to apply the same standards they used to talk about Judge Vaughn Walker’s sexual orientation to Charlie Crist.


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Crist For Marriage Amendment?

CHARLIE CRIST X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMFlorida governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist seemed to say that he supported a federal constitutional amendment against marriage equality, then said that his statement applied only to Florida. Daily News

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