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Charlie Crist’s Latest Step in His Political Transformation: Endorsing Marriage Equality

Charlie Crist

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (F) continues his slow political transformation by publicly endorsing marriage equality. He wrote on his Facebook page:

Some great news: On Tuesday, Delaware became the 11th state to allow marriage equality. And just a few days ago, Rhode Island adopted a similar measure, which followed victories last fall in Maine, Maryland and Washington. I most certainly support marriage equality in Florida and look forward to the day it happens here.

Ever since Charlie Crist was effectively kicked out of the Republican Party by losing the Senate primary to Marco Rubio, he has slowly been transforming himself from a moderate Republican to a moderate Democrat.

Crist first became an independent back in 2010. In 2012 he endorsed Obama at the Democratic National Convention and then later that year officially registered as a Democrat. Crist is now taking positions that are more in line with the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

This is just the latest sign Crist might be preparing for a statewide run. There is a good chance Crist will run for governor again next year as a Democrat.

Only four years ago top Democrats thought endorsing same-sex marriage was politically too dangerous, now in large parts of the country it is seen a prerequisite for being considered part of the party.

Photo from Florida State images in the public domain

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at