Florida Gov. Charlie Crist married socialite Carole Rome last night as hundreds of people protested outside, the St. Petersburg Times reports. Most were from a group outraged by the governor’s support of Florida’s gay marriage ban, passed last month. Others protested the death of a St. Petersburg teen shot by police last summer.
"Congrats Charlie From 2nd class Floridian" read one sign held by a gay protester. Crist, who met Rome at a dinner in New York last fall, seemed unfazed by the protests as he emerged from the church with Florida's new first lady. "It's a great night for Florida, it's a great night for us," he said to the crowd. "Free speech is alive and well.”