Last December, Florida's former Republican Governor, Charlie Crist, told a group of reporters asking if he regretted signing a petition to ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution:
"I think the best way to judge where my heart is, is to look at the deeds that I have done, whether as attorney general, governor..."
Since last September's Democratic National Convention, I've been eagerly awaiting for Charlie Crist to prove he has a compassionate heart and clearly argue his position on marriage equality. I have also been waiting on the Democratic National Committee and President Obama to make right with LGBT convention delegates and facilitate a meaningful dialogue with Crist on issues important to LGBT Floridians. Both the DNC and President Obama have fallen flat on their face and failed miserably to ensure such opportunities existed between Crist and LGBT activists.
In the days leading up to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, I publicly raised the issue as an openly gay delegate, elected as 1 of 6 delegates, to represent the DNC Chairwoman's congressional district to the Convention. Officials from the DNC shamefully berated me when Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald published a blog post entitled Gay Democratic delegate: Convention speaker Charlie Crist 'the ultimate political whore'.