Rachel Maddow on Prop 8 ruling and witnesses’ ties to George ‘Rentboy’ Rekers

Rachel Maddow was obviously overjoyed by Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling, issued Wednesday, saying that California’s Prop 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Are LGBT parents just much more traditional, more mature or simply better parents?

In Florida, the trial challenging the state’s gay-parenting ban continues. That’s the trial in which attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum paid the self-hating, hooker-hiring George Rekers $120,000 to testify against gay parenting.

Here’s an example of heterosexual parenting that was sent to me today:

These 7-year-old girls are fantastic dancers but their parents dressed them as whores for this dance competition.

This week we ran a couple of stories on gay parenting — one on surrogacy and one on a new website about raising children. And we’ve been following stories of lesbian couples trying to get their children into Catholic schools.

Same-sex couples work hard and spend a lot of money just for the privilege of becoming parents. I don’t know of any that take that opportunity and then turn their little girls into little sluts. Maybe I’m overreacting. What do you think?

—  David Taffet

Creepy George Rekers book cover

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Published in 1983, this is one of several anti-gay books written by Rekers over the years but appears to be the only one listed on Amazon.com that includes cover art. The title and photo are especially troubling given that Rekers, 61, was caught hiring a 20-year-old male prostitute. Also, Miami New Times reported that Rekers “frequently takes in foster children and that four years ago he adopted a 16-year-old boy.”

—  John Wright

What's Brewing: 5/13/10

1. An 8-year-old won’t be entering third grade at St. Paul Elementary School in Massachusetts, after the Catholic school withdrew its acceptance of the boy because he has two lesbian moms, The Associated Press reports. It’s at least the second time in recent months that a Catholic school in the U.S. has rejected a student based on gay parents. “I’m accustomed to discrimination, I suppose, at my age and my experience as a gay woman,” the mother said. “But I didn’t expect it against my child.” In somewhat related news, 81 percent of respondents in Dallas Voice’s weekly online poll say private businesses shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

2.George “Rentboy” Rekers tells Christianity Today that he has confessed to both the Lord and his family for his sins. However, in what would appear to be a minor oversight, his confession didn’t include depraved, adulterous sex with a 20-year-old male prostitute or spending his entire life as a closeted, anti-gay hypocrite. “I confessed to the Lord and to my family that I was unwise and wrong to hire this travel assistant after knowing him only one month before the trip and not knowing whether he was more than a person raised in a Christian home,” Rekers said. “I also confessed to the Lord and to my family the sin of thereby putting myself into a vulnerable situation where I tragically became subject to false allegations.”

3. Congressman Steve King, R-Iowa, says the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would be unnecessary if gays would simply stop wearing “their sexuality on their sleeve” at work. ‘Nuff said.

—  John Wright

What's Brewing: 5/12/10

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1. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan (above) is straight, and disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer actually might know, since he presumably tried to get in Kagan’s pants at some point when they were friends at Princeton. But are statements like the following enough to put to rest all the rumors about Kagan’s sexual orientation? “I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,” said Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend since then. “She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago – and she just didn’t find the right person.” More at Politico.

2. The effort to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell” in 2010 isn’t dead yet. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said yesterday he’ll include the repeal in this year’s Defense Authorization bill if there are enough votes to support it, regardless of opposition from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Levin noted that if the legislative repeal goes forward this year, it wouldn’t take effect until after a Department of Defense review is finished in December. “What we ought to do is repeal it but make the effective date after the report,” Levin said. More at Talking Points.

3. The George “Rentboy” Rekers scandal keeps getting worse for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who hired Rekers in 2007 as an expert witness to testify in support of the state’s gay adoption ban. The Miami Herald reports today that Rekers’ fee for testifying was actually doubled, meaning the state paid him a whopping total of $120,693 after he exceeded his contracted hours. Needless to say this left Rekers with plenty of cash for male prostitutes, and my only regret is that Texas AG Greg Abbott never hired him. Also yesterday, Rekers stepped down from the board of the ex-gay organization NARTH. More on that at Joe.My.God.

—  John Wright

Mainstream press uses Rekers case to prove homosexuality cannot be 'cured'

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When a hypocrite like George Rekers gets caught with a prostitute, we delight in this homophobic crusaders’ downfall. But here’s how exposing bigots like this helps the side of equality.

First, Miami New Times, a sister publication of Dallas Observer, broke the story when a friend of the rentboy figured out who the john was and met them at the airport and took pictures.

Since then, Rekers’ hypocracy has been unraveling.

In an article in today’s Miami Herald entitled “Physician Heal Thyself,” Leonard Pitts used the case to prove that homosexuality cannot be “cured.” If it could, he would have “cured” himself.

To anger his mainstream audience, Pitts pointed out that Florida taxpayers paid for the rentboy. Rekers recently received $120,000 from the state for testifying as an “expert” witness in the on-going case defending Florida’s ban on adoptions by same-sex couples.

He called Rekers’ actions a “moral crime.”

Put yourself in the shoes of the teenager, bewildered and frightened by these feelings he or she is not “supposed” to have, feelings of sexual attraction to people of the same gender. You try to deny them, try to ignore them, try to suppress them, but they will not go away. You are all alone, isolated behind a secret that presses down on you like weights, a fear of rejection that haunts you like ghosts.

He called it hypocrisy preying on the most vulnerable. He called it sad and said, “ours is a culture that would encourage and reward such duplicity in the first place.”

—  David Taffet

Getting to know the male prostitute hired by anti-gay leader George Alan Rekers

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Boy oh (Rent)boy, the blogosphere is having a field day with this one.

As I reported earlier, anti-gay kingpin George Rekers was effectively outed by a  Miami newspaper after he hired a male escort from the Web site RentBoy.com.

So, given the apparent expertise with which certain folks seem to navigate such sites, it was just a matter of time before photos turned up of the escort, who’s being called “Lucien.”

And here they are, courtesy of Unzipped. You can view the full Rentboy profile for Lucien, or “BOYNEXTDOOR” (how original!), by going here.

According to Joe.My.God., Rekers is sticking by his original claim that he hired Lucien to help carry his luggage, but he’s also added a nice twist: He was just trying to save the poor little Rentboy:

“Contrary to false gossip, innuendo, and slander about me, I do not in any way ‘hate’ homosexuals, but I seek to lovingly share two types of messages to them, as I did with the young man called ‘Lucien’ in the news story: [1] It is possible to cease homosexual practices to avoid the unacceptable health risks associated with that behavior, and [2] the most important decision one can make is to establish a relationship with God for all eternity by trusting in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins, including homosexual sins. If you talk with my travel assistant that the story called ‘Lucien,’ you will find I spent a great deal of time sharing scientific information on the desirability of abandoning homosexual intercourse, and I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail.”

—  John Wright