Florida Governor Rick Scott reiterated his opposition to marriage equality during a televised debate last week against Democratic challenger, and former Republican, Charlie Crist.

Several state and federal rulings issued over the summer declared Florida's ban, approved by voters in 2008, unconstitutional. Recently, Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican who is defending the ban in court, asked the state Supreme Court to take up the issue, though the court has already refused in the past.

During the debate, moderator Rosemary Goudreau, editorial page editor at the Sun-Sentinel, asked Scott: “You say you're against discrimination, but the courts have said Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it is discriminatory. Do you think the ban is discriminatory?”

“Let's think about where we are,” Scott answered. “None of us believe in discrimination. I clearly don't believe in any discrimination.”

“In 2008, part of our democratic process, led by Charlie, there was a constitutional amendment passed that said marriage would be between a man and a woman. Well, I believe in traditional marriage,” he added, a reference to Crist's previous support for passage of the amendment.

Goudreau replied: “Governor Scott, I don't think I got an answer to that question. Do you believe the ban is discriminatory?”

“I don't believe in discrimination,” Scott replied. “I believe in traditional marriage. The court's going to decide. This is a decision for the courts and they're ultimately going to make the decision.”

When asked the same question, Crist answered: “I don't believe in discrimination either and I don't believe in it so much that I believe gay couples should have the right to marry.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)