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Gay rights group endorses Charlie Crist

June 12, 2014
Associated Press

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest gay rights group has endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for governor.

Equality Florida officials made the announcement Thursday at a lesbian and gay visitors center in Miami Beach. The endorsement is a boon for Crist, who still faces some skepticism from Democratic activists who consider his political conversion dubious.

When he ran for governor eight years ago as a Republican, Crist opposed gay marriage. In 2010, when he ran for U.S. Senate as an independent, he declared his support for civil unions. Now, running for his old job as a Democrat, Crist says he backs same-sex marriage and supports legal efforts to overturn Florida's ban.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has said he supports the state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The matter could become a wedge issue in a state where a majority of voters now back gay marriage.



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