Rentboy Patron Rekers: High Paid, Bigoted “Expert Witness”

Rev. George Rekers–who rented a nice young man from to handle his bags on a European getaway–earned a hefty sum from Florida taxpayers when he rented out his “expertise” to the state’s attorney general in a trial attempting to reverse a Miami judge who ruled Florida’s adoption ban is unconstitutional.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum paid Rekers and his colleague $87,000 of taxpayer money  for their testimony the 2009 trial.  For that princely sum not only did Rekers testify that adoption by gay parents was not beneficial for children but also felt Native Americans should be denied the right to adopt

because research shows that they are also at much higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse. “They would tend to hang around each other,” Rekers testified. “So the children would be around a lot of other Native Americans who are … doing the same sorts of things.”

Several years earlier Rekers wrote an article for the St. Thomas Law Review titled “An Empirically Supported Rational Basis for Prohibiting Adoption, Foster Parenting and Contested Child Custody by Any Person in a Household that Includes a Homosexually-Behaving Member.” He compares gay parents to terrorists, criminals, and drug addicts in terms of suitability as parents, advocating against gay foster or adoptive parents:

This is not basically different from denying placement in other households with structures that are not in the best interests of children. Fifteen-year-old couples, 90-year-old couples, Thai-language-only speaking couples, blind and deaf parents, households with a pedophilic-behaving adult, households with practicing criminals, households with drug dealers and drug abusers, households with unemployed adults, households that advocate the overthrow of the U.S. government, households with an active terrorist, households with sexually promiscuous unmarried men and women co-habitating and households with homosexually behaving adults all have either inherent instability or inherent disadvantage, stress, and potential harm to placed children.

In November 2009, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman dismissed the testimony of Rekers and his colleague and struck down the law banning gay adoption.

Rekers–who hired the twenty-something blond off of to be his companion on a European trip–is himself a foster a parent and adopted a 16-year boy several years ago.

[h/t  Equality FloridaOrlando Weekly]

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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