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Crist nixes GOP money on gay marriage ban



Republican Party chairman Jim Greer has an open mind on whether the GOP  should spend any more party money in support of a ballot initiative to put a ban on same-sex marriage in Florida's Constitution. (More than half of the supporters' money, $300,000, has come from the Republican Party).

"I'd be in favor of discussing it with all the parties involved," Greer told reporters Monday.

Greer might want to discuss the subject with Gov. Charlie Crist. Asked on Tuesday whether he thought the party should help bankroll the initiative, Crist likely sent another disappointing signal to social conservatives in Florida. "Probably not," Crist said.

(The leader of the ballot initiative is John Stemberger, an Orlando lawyer who was a leading supporter of Crist's Republican primary challenger, Tom Gallagher).

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:29pm]


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