Four years after Congress last seriously considered a federal constitutional amendment on marriage, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent for U.S. Senate, managed to broach the issue Sunday in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

Crist faces a tough, three-way race against Republican Marc Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. As CNN reports, Crist finds himself in the awkward position of attempting to play all of his politics in a middle-of-the-road style – not as conservative as Rubio and not as progressive as Meek. Obviously, it is a strategy meant to appeal to moderates and independents. It’s also strategy that might have zero chance of working, especially if Crist’s confusing and/or unclear statements bring up specters of legislative fights long ago considered dead. That’s exactly what happened yesterday.

Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida wrote at Bilerico.com yesterday: “Crist who is running as an independent for the US Senate has been charting a new political course aimed a pulling moderate Demorcrats, Republicans and Independents. His comments today threatened that delicate coalition.” Continue reading this post…

OUT Florida will bring into a grassroots coalition a number of local and regional LGBT organizations.

OUT Florida will bring into a grassroots coalition a number of local and regional LGBT organizations.

A handful of local, state and regional LGBT organizations have come together to form a single coalition-level organization, according to The South Florida Blade.

The new coalition, Organizations United Together (OUT), “will act as a network of myriad local GLBT groups and allies to address equality issues throughout the state and attempt to bring increased visibility in communities where gay groups are lacking,” Blade journo Juan Carlos Rodriguez wrote.

The groups working to establish OUT include SAVE Dade, Palm Beach Human Rights Council and Sarasota Equality Project. Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy and lobbying organization, has not joined the effort.

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