Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist appears to be softening his stance on gay adoption.

Florida remains the only state in the nation with an outright ban on gay adoption. Several states have banned gay adoption in a roundabout way – Arkansas being the latest – by limiting marriage to heterosexual couples and prohibiting unmarried couples from adopting.

The governor set off on a four city media tour to promote adoption on Wednesday after declaring July 22 Explore Adoption Day.

Gay rights groups had blasted the governor's initiative earlier in the week.

“If Governor Crist truly believes in helping the thousands of Florida children who are awaiting adoption, he should be supporting legislation to repeal Florida's ban on adoption by gays and lesbians,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said in a statement Monday. “It is disingenuous to urge the expansion of adoption, and at the same time ban an entire segment of eligible and qualified adults from being able to adopt.”

Crist, a U.S. Senate candidate, hinted he might support legislation that lifts the ban.

“I'd have to think about it,” Crist told reporters Wednesday after a press event at the governor's mansion.

“He's always said in the past that the supports the ban,” Robert Rosenwald, an ACLU attorney told the Tallahassee Democrat. “The fact that the governor is now willing to reconsider the issue, we can work with that.”

Democratic lawmakers Representative Mary Brandenburg of West Palm Beach and Senator Nan Rich of Weston are sponsoring the legislation that repeals the gay adoption ban enacted 32 years ago.

The law also faces serious challenges in the courts. Last year a Miami-Dade circuit judge issued a ruling that found the law to be unconstitutional and to have “no rational basis.” The lawsuit is expected to reach the Florida Supreme Court.