Our friend Martin passes along these links to stories [and satire] regarding George A. Rekers – a nationally known anti-gay psychologist – who testified for the State of Florida in its defense of the state’s gay adoption ban. Rekers admits that he recently took a trip to Europe with a gay male prostitute from Miami who advertised himself online.
The Miami Herald says: Rekers, 61, said via e-mail that he hired [the prostitute] as “an assistant to lift his luggage in his travels because of an ongoing condition following surgery.” He added: “Mr. Rekers found his recent travel assistant by interviewing acquaintances. There was nothing inappropriate with this relationship. Professor Rekers was not involved in any illegal or sexual behavior with his travel assistant”. Rekers said he had no idea Geo worked as an escort until they were already in Europe.
White House Easter invite puts egg on Florida’s homophobic face
President Obama made a major show of support for a North Miami family fighting Florida’s ban on gay adoption by inviting them to Easter on the front lawn.
Proud dad, Martin Gill said, “I think it’s a statement from the Obama administration that they don’t discriminate. Inviting us – knowing we are the plaintiffs in this lawsuit, yeah – I think it’s a pretty strong statement.”
Miami Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman recently ruled there was “no rational basis” for prohibiting gays from adopting children. The ruling allowed 47-year-old Gill to adopt two young brothers he has cared for as foster children since 2004. Attorneys for the state said they would appeal Lederman’s ruling. The appeal will ultimately decide what happens to the state ban.
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, who represent Gill, said the case was the first in the nation in which numerous experts in child psychology, social work and other fields testified that there is no science to justify a gay adoption ban.