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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Anti-gay 'expert' in the spotlight

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Back in 2004, the state of Arkansas produced a dubious "expert witness" to defend the indefensible -- the Mike Huckabee administration regulation adopted by a board he packed with conservative religionists that prevented gay people (or people in homes that included gay people) from adopting or being foster parents. The rule was struck down by the state Supreme Court. That led to an initiated act that was approved by voters. It recently was struck down by a circuit judge.

The expert was George Rekers, an anti-gay Baptist minister said to be an expert in "conversion therapy" -- "curing" gayness. He is also a founder, with James Dobson, of the Family Research Council, sort of the home church for Arkansas's anti-gay Family Council

Well.

Here's an article in the New Times of Miami about a recent European vacation Rekers took in the company of a companion, dubbed Lucien, he apparently found on rentboy.com (NSFW).

Rekers, a Baptist minister who is a leading scholar for the Christian right, left the terminal with his gay escort, looking a bit discomfited when a picture of the two was snapped with a hot-pink digital camera.

Reached by New Times before a trip to Bermuda, Rekers said he learned Lucien was a prostitute only midway through their vacation. "I had surgery," Rekers said, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him."

No smoking gun, so to speak, but, the article concludes:

Well, it's a good thing Rekers isn't gay himself. Lucien tells us that Rekers frequently takes in foster children and that four years ago he adopted a 16-year-old boy. We found the boy, who is now Lucien's age, on Facebook. He declined to be interviewed.

Gay rights advocates naturally have pounced.

PS -- Rekers tried to bill Arkansas $200,000 for his valueless testimony, but settled for $60,000.

 

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