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Anti-gay US pastor took rent boy on holiday

A baptist minister who is one of America's leading opponents of gay rights, and who believes that homosexuality is a mental disorder that can be “cured”, found himself with some serious explaining to do yesterday after he was photographed at Miami airport with a male prostitute he had hired to join him on a European holiday.

George Alan Rekers, a middle-aged co-founder of the right-wing Family Research Council, admitted taking the 20-year-old on a 10-day trip to London and Madrid in March.

Rekers met the sex worker on the website www.rentboy.com, where he appears under the alias “Lucien” and claims to be “sensual,” “wild” and “up for anything”.

Rekers, who has appeared as an expert witness in court cases challenging gay adoption, denied having sex with his travelling companion. He had hired Lucien to help carry his luggage, he told reporters, and only found out that he was a prostitute on the trip.

“I had surgery and I can't lift luggage,” Rekers told the Miami New Times. “That's why I hired him.” He declined to say why he had secured bag-carrying services through rentboy.com.

Rekers also neglected to explain what had drawn him to Lucien, who has long blond hair and well developed muscles in pictures on the website.

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