Florida: Pro-Equality Ad for Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo

The Miami Herald reports on a new pro-equality ad in support of former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor candidate Annette Taddeo:

SAVE, one of South Florida’s best-known LGBT-rights groups, has produced a campaign video, Why We Vote, in support of candidates including Democrats Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo.

“I’m voting because Rick Scott and Pam Bondi refuse to recognize our marriage,” says SAVE board chairman Christian Ulvert, seen on-camera with his husband Carlos Andrade. Both men are plaintiffs in the ACLU of Florida’s federal lawsuit against Florida’s constitutional gay marriage ban.

In an email to supporters of SAVE, Ulvert appealed for help to buy airtime for the ad as well as funds for voter canvasses, phone banks, and get out the vote events.

“All told, we’re looking to set a new record of turn out among equality voters in make-or-break races for pro-equality candidates,” wrote Ulvert. “We have the opportunity elect for the first time a pro-equality Governor and Lt. Governor in Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo.”

(h/t JMG)

Florida Gubernatorial Debate Begins With Heated Moment For Rick Scott

Last night’s Florida gubernatorial debate almost didn’t happen as GOP Gov. Rick Scott refused to come onstage for the debate because his challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, had a fan under his podium to help moderate the temperature under the lights.

“We have been told Governor Scott will not be participating in this debate,” CBS moderator Elliott Rodriguez said. “Now, let me explain what this is all about. Governor Crist has asked to have a fan, a small fan, placed underneath his podium. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign said that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there and for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, Governor Scott will not join us for the debate.”

After the debate, the Crist camp revealed a copy of the agreed terms of the debate which clearly read “the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary.”  Apparently, the debate agreement mentioned no “electronic” devices (i.e. cell phones, iPads, etc…) were allowed.  I’m not sure I would refer to an “electric fan” as an “electronic device.”

Really? Gov. Scott was not going to debate because his opponent requested a FAN? Is this the most infantile thing ever seen at a political debate???

In the end, even right wing pundits have characterized Scott’s debate performance as “week” and “rambling.”

Florida: Charlie Crist asks Gov. Rick Scott to drop appeals against same-sex marriage

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist wrote an open op-ed letter to GOP Gov. Rick Scott on Friday asking him to drop any appeals to the recent court rulings that found Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Via the Miami Herald:

“Dear Governor Scott: Four years ago, a district court of appeals ruled Florida’s ban on gay and lesbian adoption unconstitutional. When the ruling came down, I believed it was my job as Governor to exercise the authority vested in me by the people and our Constitution. The day the judge ruled, I declared Florida’s adoption ban over. Gay and lesbian parents began adopting the children they loved immediately. It is one of my proudest moments as an elected official.

“Last Thursday Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle gave you the same chance to speak out for what is right when, in a ruling that would apply statewide, he struck down Florida’s ban on same sex marriage. By declaring the marriage ban finished you could discourage any future appeals and end the nightmare that loving same sex couples all across our state endure every single day, ending court battles that could drag on for months or years.

[snip]

“You have the power to end the suffering of people like Arlene Goldberg. Last March, Arlene lost her wife and partner of 47 years, Carol Goldwasser. At a moment of enormous and understandable grief, Arlene had to suffer the humiliation of not being listed as Carol’s wife on the death certificate. Even worse, she lost her home because she was denied the social security benefits they had earned.

“When faced with a very similar decision four years ago I did what I believed was best for Florida and best for the thousands of children waiting to be adopted by loving parents. Today, I urge you to do what’s best for Floridians and declare the state will not be challenging Judge Hinkle’s Order or any other orders supporting the rights of all Floridians to marry.” – Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who supported his state’s ban on same-sex marriage while in office.”

It should be noted that when Crist previously served as the governor of Florida (as a Republican), he supported the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Former Gov. Charlie Christ apologizes for supporting same-sex marriage ban in Florida

Charlie Crist has publicly apologized to LGBT people for his past opposition to marriage equality.

The former Republican governor of Florida, who is now running for the same post as a Democrat, courted gay voters in an interview with Tom Dyer of Watermark, a Florida-based LGBT publication.   This is Crist’s first ever interview with a gay media outlet.

In his remarks, Crist expressed regret his past support of Amendment 2, which changed Florida’s state constitution to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions through a 2008 referendum.

“I’m sorry,” the 57-year-old politician told reporter Tom Dyer. “I’m sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me.”

The examples you cited were examples of me trying to be a good Republican. I couldn’t do it anymore, and I’m sorry I did.

“I made a mistake. I’m not perfect… please don’t hold me to that standard. And I’m sincerely sorry. I understand when it’s necessary to say I was wrong. That‘s the journey I’m on… and I’m still on it.

One of the few interviews I’ve seen in recent history where the journalist actually follows up on questions and hold his subject accountable. During the interview, Tom stays on Crist’s pivots regarding LGBT equality and even mentions that for all Crist’s great soundbites today, his campaign website mentions nothing about the LGBT community and what his goals might be for our community.

Head over to Watermark for the entire interview. Really worth reading.

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