Florida Governor Charlie Crist on Monday clarified his position on a federal gay marriage ban.

Appearing Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, Crist, who is running in Florida's Senate race as an independent, said: “When it comes to marriage, I think it is a sacred institution, I believe it is between a man and a woman.”

But he added that he's a “live and let live kind of guy.”

“[P]artners living together, you know, I don't have a problem with it,” he said. “It's just how I feel.”

On Monday, Crist released a statement saying that he does not support adding a gay marriage ban to the U.S. Constitution.

“I was not discussing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage, which I do not support, but rather reaffirming my position regarding Florida's constitutional ban that I articulated while running for governor.”

On the program, host Ed Henry asked Crist if he, like his Republican rival Marco Rubio, supports “a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.”

In his statement issued Monday, Crist, who's been the subject of numerous gay rumors himself, repeated his support for civil unions, not marriage, for gay couples.