Antigay expert hired by state of Florida now embroiled in Rentboy scandal

Attorney General Bill McCollum personally requested that the state's Department of Children and Families hire antigay psychologist George Rekers at $300 an hour as an expert witness to defend Florida's ban on gay people adopting, records show.

"Our attorneys handling this case have searched long and hard for other expert witnesses with comparable expertise to Dr. Rekers and have been unable to identify any who would be available for this case," McCollum wrote in 2007 to then-DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth.

Rekers' national reputation shattered last week amid reports that he vacationed for two weeks in Europe with a gay male escort from Miami he met through Rentboy.com. The escort, Jo-Vanni Roman, 20, says he gave Rekers, 61, nude "sexual" massages every day during their trip in April to Madrid and London.

Read the full story, then read McCollum's letter requesting that Rekers be hired and view documents showing the charges Rekers submitted to the state for his testimony in the case of Frank Gill, a gay foster parent seeking to adopt two young brothers.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 5:05pm]

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