Florida has provided some fierce gay debates and is notorious for its colorful anti-gay personalities – think Anita Bryant and Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle. But a tepid gay marriage debate taking place in the Sunshine State suggests the temperature of the gay culture war there has chilled a bit.

For example, Governor Charlie Crist, who has voiced support for banning gay marriage, announced he would not be campaigning for Amendment 2, the Florida constitutional amendment that seeks to ban gay marriage.

“I'll support it, I'll vote for it, move on,” the governor told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It's not top-tier for me, put it that way.” And when asked if he'll campaign for the issue, he said, “I don't think so.”

Homophobic remarks by Ft. Lauderdale mayor Jim Naugle inspired openly gay businessman Earl Rynerson to run for the job. Naugle, who has held the office since 1991, cannot run again due to term limits.

While Naugle is a lame duck mayor, his infamous anti-gay rhetoric has not been on display since early summer, when he remarked that a gay mayoral candidate could win if he was a “responsible homosexual.” Last year, the Venice of America mayor found himself in hot water when he said, “I use the word homosexual. Most of them aren't gay; they're unhappy.”

Rynerson told us that he has sensed a drop in the tone of the gay debate, but added, “I think it's more a 'don't discriminate against any particular group of people' [attitude] as opposed to being pro-gay.”

Palm Beach County Human Rights Council President Rand Hoch believes it's too early to tell if Floridians are becoming more inclusive of gays and lesbians.

“Over the past several months, more and more Floridians have taken a 'live and let live' attitude on GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender] issues,” he said. “There is decreased support among the voters for the so-called gay marriage amendment.”

Amendment 2 not only bans gay marriage in the State; if passed it would make civil unions, or possibly even domestic partnerships, illegal.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed a three point drop in voters supporting the gay marriage ban since June. The poll showed the amendment failing, with only 55 percent of voters supporting it – short of the 60 percent needed for passage.

On another front, Wednesday a Florida circuit court judge ruled the State's 31-year-old prohibition against adoption by gay people unconstitutional. While the ruling has little affect on the law, it is yet another sign that Florida's anti-gay zealots are being subdued.

Still, neither Rynerson nor Hoch were preparing to celebrate; both believe the true test of a new political inclusion for gays and lesbians in Florida will come in November when voters decide on banning gay unions.