Ex-Republican Charlie Crist backs gay marriage

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has declared his support for gay marriage.

Crist made the announcement earlier this week through a post on Facebook.

He said he wanted to share the great news about Delaware becoming the 11th state to allow gay marriage. Crist then said he supported marriage equality and looked forward to the day it exists in Florida.

The statement marks a shift in Crist's views on gay marriage. He once supported Florida's constitutional ban on gay marriage, but also later said he wouldn't support a similar federal ban. 

Crist became governor in 2006 as a Republican and ran unsuccessfully as an independent in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.

He became a Democrat in December 2012 and there is widespread speculation he will challenge current Gov. Rick Scott, who is widely unpopular, in 2014.