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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

HRC Statement on George Alan Rekers

Leading anti-gay voice involved with male sex worker

WASHINGTON – Upon news that George Alan Rekers – a founder of the Family Research Council and a leading voice in the anti-LGBT movement – vacationed in Europe with a male sex worker, Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program Director Harry Knox made the following statement:

My heart is broken as I read of Rev. George Rekers’ hypocrisy. I hurt for the thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual people he has caused to be put through discredited pseudo-therapies in an attempt to change the God-given gift of their sexual orientation. I hurt for the children who are still in foster care that Rekers helped prevent from finding permanent loving homes with gay parents in Florida and Arkansas. And I feel pain for George Rekers himself, who is the first and worst victim of his internalized homophobia.

“Jesus said, ‘You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ The truth has come out about George Rekers. Let us pray that it sets him, and the rest of us, free.

The story was first reported earlier this week by the Miami New Times. Rekers is a leading proponent of discredited “change” therapies that have been proven to be damaging for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. He testified in court in favor of keeping Florida’s ban on gays and lesbians from adopting children.

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