Florida attorney general Bill McCollum said he was confident when he hired antigay George Rekers as an expert in arguing for the state's law banning gay parents from adopting children.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate said he chose Rekers as an expert witness in the state supreme court case over the ban's constitutionality because it is difficult to find other experts willing to speak out against gay rights while teaching at a university.
Rekers has dedicated his career to antigay research, and has provided several states, like Florida and Arkansas, expert testimony in lawsuits and legislative hearings to institute discriminatory laws. However, Rekers was caught traveling with a young man named Jo-Vanni Roman or "Lucien" he hired from Rentboy.com in May. Rekers claimed Roman was hired to handle his luggage for the European expedition.
"Knowing what I know now, I would have never had hired him," he told reporters. "Back then I thought it was the most appropriate thing to do."
Watch the full video, including McCollum stating his opinion on gay marriage, below