Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the U.S. Senate as an independent, has issued a position paper outlining his support for civil unions for same-sex couples, adoption rights for gays and lesbians, and ending the military ban on openly gay troops, among other issues. Nadine Smith of Equality Florida praised Crist, saying, "This is the furthest a sitting Florida governor has ever gone in publicly supporting [gay rights] issues." But Crist's Democratic opponent, Rep. Kendrick Meek, called Crist a flip-flopper, pointing out that Crist used anti-LGBT rhetoric in during his gubernatorial campaign in 2006.
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