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The Family Research Council co-founder and the gay 'travel assistant'

I'm actually quite interested to know why George Alan Rekers, a Baptist minister and scholar who co-founded the Family Research Council, was spotted with a male prostitute at Miami International Airport. He told reporters Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp that he hired the man to help him lift luggage during a trip to Europe. And when I e-mailed Rekers, he gave me the statement he's giving everyone else.

MISLEADING INTERNET REPORTS ABOUT PROFESSOR GEORGE REKERS A recent article in an alternative newspaper cleverly gave false impressions of inappropriate behavior because of its misleading innuendo, incorrectly implying that Professor George Rekers used the Rentboy website to hire a prostitute to accompany him on a recent trip. Contrary to Internet stories based on this slanderous article, following medical advice Professor George Rekers requires an assistant to lift his luggage in his travels because of an ongoing condition following surgery. His family, local friends, and even another university professor colleague have offered to accompany him on trips to assist him in his travel. Dr. 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.

Do you see much innuendo in that article? Obviously, Rekers is besieged by interview requests now, as are the Family Research Council and other religious groups Rekers has been involved with -- most of which are promising, but have not yet issued, statements. For what it's worth, the FRC still mentions Rekers on its website.

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This is a slow-burning story. Rekers is not a showboat who appears on talk shows -- he's not famous, he's not an elected official. But he has a long, long record as an expert on why the gay lifestyle is dangerous, why gays shouldn't be allowed to adopt, and so on. This story will drag on for a while.

By David Weigel  |  May 5, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
 
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