UPDATE! Scroll down for photos of the gay escort, Rekers at airport.
The expert witness hired to defend Florida’s gay adoption ban was caught at the Miami airport returning from a vacation with a “rent boy.”
Florida attorney general Bill McCollum paid anti-gay activist and Baptist minister George Alan Rikers and his colleague $87,000 – derived from taxpayer money – to testify that gay people are mentally unstable and unfit to adopt children.
According to the Miami New Times, on April 13, the top anti-gay Christian activist and the male prostitute were spotted at the airport, returning from a 10-day European vacation. When contacted by the New Times, Rekers claimed that he didn’t find out his escort was a prostitute until midway through their trip and that he hired the “rent boy” to help lift luggage because Rekers was weak from surgery. However, Rekers would not deny that he met his escort on RentBoy.com, which touts itself as “the world’s largest gay escort and massage site” and features images of nude men and gay sex acts. When the New Times reached the escort, he confirmed that they met through the site.
Reker was paid to testify in favor of Florida’s gay adoption ban – the only one in the country – in an effort to reverse the ruling of a Miami judge who ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.
“It is disgraceful that the attorney general used taxpayer dollars to compensate this discredited bigot-for-hire,” said Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith. “It shows just how low they have to scrape to find anyone even willing to defend this awful ban that denies children permanent loving homes.”
Reker’s anti-gay pedigree also includes the following roles: co-founder of the rabidly anti-gay Family Research Council; board member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), an “ex-gay” organization; author of the 1983 book Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Identity among other hundreds of other anti-gay tomes and papers; lecturer on teen sexuality and member of the American College of Pediatricians, which dispenses literature accusing gays of mass coprophilia.
The gay escort also told the Miami New Times that his client is “a family man” who “honestly cares about taking care of kids,” and who frequently takes in foster children. In fact, four years ago Rekers adopted a 16-year-old boy who is now exactly the same age as the prostitute Rekers hired through RentBoy.com.
Truth Wins Out, a non-profit with a mission to protect the LGBT community from anti-gay misinformation, is calling for Reker’s resignation from the NARTH board.
The escort has been identified as “Geo.” Photo courtesy of RentBoy.com:
Photo of Reker and Geo at Miami International Airport, credit to Miami New Times:
Sure hope Rekers isn’t lifting luggage, since that’s why he said he hired Geo in the first place.