SAVE, one of South Florida’s leading organizations committed to protecting individuals in the Miami-Dade LGBT community, has announced its support of Charlie Crist for governor.
In a statement released on Thursday, SAVE Executive Director Tony Lima said his group is “proud to support Governor Crist for another term leading Florida.”
“He has stated in no uncertain terms that he supports LGBT people,” Lima added. “He has put actions behind his words by announcing his support for marriage equality in Florida and filing a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the gay and lesbian couples in the Miami-Dade marriage equality lawsuit. He has promised executive action on equality on day one of his term.”
SAVE board member Joe Falk equates Crist to other prominent leaders, such as Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, who made personal journey from opposition to support for LGBT equality, noting Crist’s previous support for Florida’s same-sex marriage ban.
“The Governor’s evolution is more proof that by welcoming diverse viewpoints, our movement has changed the minds of many Floridians and has reached majority support, Falk said. “I am proud to support Charlie Crist as the next governor of Florida.”
“As governor, I will fight to ensure no one is ever discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Crist responded. “This begins with the Executive Order I’ll issue on day one and the work I will continue to do to write this into Florida law for all workers.
“This is about equality, fairness and doing what is right for Florida,” he added.
SAVE was founded in 1993 by a group of people who resolved to fight the repeal of Miami-Dade’s Human Rights Ordinance (HRO), which at the time was the nation’s first countywide ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.