Charlie Crist, who is campaigning for a second term as Florida's governor, this time as a Democrat, on Wednesday pledged that if elected he would back a legislative effort to legalize gay marriage in Florida.

Appearing at a campaign fundraiser held at the home of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis, who is openly gay, Crist, 57, said that the Democratic Party was growing in Florida because his former party, the Republican Party, has “lost its way.”

The Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus asked Crist what he would do as governor to expand LGBT rights.

“One of the most important things we can do is get a law on the books in Florida that recognizes the kinds of things that President Obama is talking about. Why not have marriage equality throughout our country? Certainly, we ought to have it in Florida,” Crist answered.

“I believe that, if we win this election on November 4th, and we get some other progressives elected in the Florida House and Florida Senate, then we're going to have a great opportunity to get that done. I look forward to the day we do.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In 2008, Crist backed passage of Florida's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, a decision he's since called “a mistake.”

Two lawsuits challenging Florida's ban are currently pending.

(Related: Eight gay couples sue to force Florida to recognize their marriages.)