It used to be that if you were searching for stories about gay adoption in Florida, a quick way to narrow your search was to Google the term “rentboy.” Well, thanks to Charlie Crist, there’s a new way. Just change the word “rentboy” to “evolution.”
Gay adoption has joined the long list of things Charlie Crist supports today, but was opposed to in the past. When it comes to flip-flop reasoning, Crist has turned explanations into an art form:
Gov. Charlie Crist said he has had an “appropriate evolution” regarding gay rights and is considering dropping the state’s lawsuit challenging a gay couple’s adoption of two foster children.
Earlier this week, Crist released a position paper backing several gay rights issues that included the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, civil unions for same-sex couples, and adoption. (Full list here.)
Today Crist announced that he is considering dropping the Florida lawsuit that challenged a gay couple’s adoption of two foster children.
“I think we need to review that. My comments really reflect that it’s better to have more of the judicial branch involved in this process. I think that most who follow the judiciary recognize that what’s in the ‘best interest of the child’ is what should be paramount in these kinds of decisions. That’s what I believe and I think that’s what will be the best for them,” Crist said.
Crist doesn’t feel his positions have changed all that much though.
“Not a whole lot has changed to be candid. I also said (back in 2006) that I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. And I am. As I said this morning, I think that the older you get, the less judgmental you become,” Crist said. “Maybe I was more rigid earlier. But I don’t feel that way. And I know who’s supposed to be judging people and it’s not me.”
These days it seems like Crist spends more time explaining the process of his “evolution,” then he spends discussing the issues themselves. Even on the issue of, well, evolution:
Asked whether he believes in evolution, Crist said: “I believe in a lot of things. We should have the freedom to have a good exchange of ideas, right?”
Maybe someone can pin him down more specifically on that tomorrow….