Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist
has apologized for supporting Florida's constitutional amendment
banning gay marriage.
Voters approved the amendment in 2008,
two years after Crist had signed a petition to put it on the ballot.
“I'm sorry I did that. It was a
mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me,” Crist told gay weekly
After an unsuccessful 2010 bid for the
Senate as an independent, Crist officially became a Democrat in late
Crist is a Democrat.)
Crist argued that he opposed marriage
equality and gay adoption as a Republican because he wanted to toe
the GOP line.
“The examples you cite were examples
of me trying to be a good Republican,” Crist said. “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,” Crist added. “I
just didn't fit. But I tried, until I couldn't do it any more...
until I had to say, 'Enough is enough.'”
In November, Crist announced his bid to
return to the Governor's Mansion – this time as a Democrat.