Charlie Crist: Opposition to Gay Marriage Was "Politically Expedient"

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Charlie Crist, the man of a thousand stances, recently sat down for his first interview with the gay press. While a Republican Governor in 2008 he publicly backed Amendment 2, which banned gay marriage and civil union in Florida. During his ill-fated 2010 Senate run he held firm on that opinion. But now he's back as a Democrat, running for governor once again, and now in favor of gay marriage.

He says his original opposition was "politically expedient" and apologized for the stance.

See also: Is Charlie Crist Florida's Next Governor?

While the interviewer from Watermark Press started questioning Crist about his support of Amendment 2, Crist interrupted him with, "I'm sorry. I'm sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me."

"When you look back at the circumstances, one could come to the conclusion that your shifts in opinion were either politically expedient..." the interviewer pressed on.

"They were," replied Crist. "They were. And it was wrong. That's what I'm telling you. And I'm sorry."

Crist further goes on to explain that he became a Republican simply because his parents were Republican, but says the party was always an "awkward fit" for him especially when it came to social issues:

The examples you cited were examples of me trying to be a good Republican. I couldn't do it anymore, and I'm sorry I did. I made a mistake. I'm not perfect... please don't hold me to that standard. And I'm sincerely sorry. I understand when it's necessary to say I was wrong. That's the journey I'm on... and I'm still on it.

As a Republican, on social issues I always felt I was a round peg in a square hole. I just didn't fit. But I tried, until I couldn't do it any more... until I had to say, 'Enough is enough.'

Crist though then brought up the example of Obama's former opposition for gay marriage and compared his evolution on the issue to the President's.

"I can't speak for the President, but I suspect that to some degree, like me, he felt his support for civil unions was political," said Crist. "And so he's finally saying, 'Enough is enough. I'm over this. I'm not going to play the political angle anymore. I'm tired of it.' Which is just the way I feel."

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Eddy Gugliotta
Eddy Gugliotta

He will throw his Mom under the bus if needed as long as he gets elected to whatever political position available.

Patricia L Watt
Patricia L Watt

Especially since he is light in the loafers. His apology means jack squat.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Flip-Flop-pity !!!

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

Listen....they all flip flop..at least this guy doesn't look like a facist neo nazi gop right wing bible toting booed off of every stage he steps on puppet.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

So what does he really stand for ? Just enough votes to keep him employed ? He's a baby kissing politician and he stands for whatever the latest opinion poll indicates is best for FL & America. This guy will tell you one thing one day and do it to us the next. He probably got the bed he made for himself a few years back. If he can muster up enough votes to get in, more power to him, but we also know what we get with him, so vote wisely.

Michelle Schminky-Ramirez
Michelle Schminky-Ramirez

If you don't atand for anything with honeat belief and logic, don't be in a position where your decisions affect millions of people.

Josh Everage
Josh Everage

Hopefully when he's elected, he'll just come out. We don't mind charlie, its ok.

Dean Stelmach
Dean Stelmach

He stood against his party for the good of the state he was elected to serve. It ruined his run for the Senate when the vengeful GOP invented the Marco Rubio tool. That makes him a hero to me.

Amanda Lynn
Amanda Lynn

Corrupt sob. Don't think I forgot about all the crap he pulled when he was in office! He is sooo dishonest

Andrew Pyle
Andrew Pyle

This guy is incredible. Stands for nothing; except what's politically popular at present. Baffle them with BS Charlie.

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