Gov. Charlie Crist thinks the Republican Party of Florida shouldn't spend money to support an effort to put a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.
The party contributed $300,000 to FloridafourMarriage.org last year. The group tried to place a question on the November ballot that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
The group failed to gather enough signatures and is now aiming for the 2008 ballot. The state Republican Party's contributions account for nearly three fourths of what the group has raised so far.
Crist says the party “probably” shouldn't continue to spend money on the effort. Instead, he says, the party should focus on more pressing issues, like insurance premiums and property taxes.
John Stemberger, who is organizing the ballot effort, says his group will continue to look to Republicans for support.
Stemberger points out that Crist signed the petition to place the question on the ballot and has endorsed the amendment.