The document provided to RawStory.com includes Crist’s vocal support for gay couples, including hospital visitation, inheritance and adoption rights; opposition to the ban on gays serving in the military; support for anti-discrimination laws and appropriations for HIV and AIDS programs.

“It’s great to hear a sitting governor take such a strong stand on equality issues,” Nadine Smith, Director of Equality Florida, told RawStory.com by telephone Sunday night. “This is the first time in Florida’s history that a sitting governor has taken these public positions on a wide range of LGBT equality issues. It marks a shift in the debate in our state.”