On Friday, former Florida governor Charlie Crist filed an amicus brief in support of marriage equality in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. A hearing on the state ban is scheduled for later this week. Last week, the Mayors of Orlando and Miami Beach also filed briefs in support of the lawsuit.
Earlier this month the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Charlie Crist for Governor. “We are honored to stand with Charlie Crist in his campaign to be the next governor of Florida,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Governor Crist will work to improve the lives of all Florida families – including LGBT families – and for that he has our gratitude and our support.”
Crist's evolving on marriage equality can be a reflection of other Floridians' change as well. In 2008, Amendment 2, a proposed constitutional ban on marriage equality, passed at the ballot with 62% of the vote. According to a recent poll, support for marriage equality in the Sunshine State has risen to a strong majority, 57%.
Last week, Charlie Crist visited HRC headquarters to thank HRC for the endorsement.