Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist
on Thursday congratulated Delaware and Rhode Island for legalizing
“Some great news: On Tuesday,
Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality.
And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure,
which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington.
I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look
forward to the day it happens here,” Crist wrote in a Facebook
In 2006, Crist signed a petition in
favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a
heterosexual union in Florida.
Last December, the former Republican
governor who made an unsuccessful 2010 bid for the Senate as an
independent officially became a Democrat.
Crist, who has long denied
rumors that he's gay, said his decision was based on the GOP's
shift to the right.
“What changed is the leadership of
the Republican Party. As I said at the [DNC] convention, I didn't
leave the Republican Party, it left me. Whether the issue was
immigration, or education, or you name it – the environment. I
feel at home now,” he said.
Shortly after switching political
allegiances, Crist said he regretted signing that petition in 2006
but stopped short of endorsing marriage equality.