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Florida Attorney General Releases Statement on Rekers

Florida Attorney General Releases Statement on Rekers


The office of Florida attorney general Bill McCollum has released a statement in response to the controversy over George Alan Rekers's testimony in the state's case seeking to uphold the ban on adoption by gay people. The statement reads:

"As hired counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families, our office is committed to providing our client with the best possible legal representation in this matter. Dr. Rekers, a professor emeritus from University of South Carolina and a neuropsychologist with a degree from UCLA, came to our attention by recommendation from another academic after an exhaustive search for potential expert witnesses who were willing to testify. Dr. Rekers had exceptional credentials and he had provided testimony in similar cases on two separate occasions, one of which was a Florida case in Federal Court. The contract was executed at the direction of the Department of Children and Families, and the ACLU did not object to his position as an expert at the hearing. He has completed his testimony and is no longer involved in this case."

Rekers, a cofounder of the Family Research Council, is currently embroiled in controversy for hiring a gay male escort to travel with him to Europe.

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