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Blankenhorn rejects Rekers association

Timothy Kincaid

May 24th, 2010

David Blankenhorn, the key witness for the supporters of Proposition 8 in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, is incensed over news reports that suggest that he relied on the claims of newly-disgraced Dr. George Rekers. He has written the following letter to the NY Times editor.

To the Editor:

“Scandal Stirs Legal Questions in Anti-Gay Cases” (news article, May 19) and “A Heaven-Sent Rent Boy,” by Frank Rich (column, May 16), suggest that my expert testimony in the California Proposition 8 trial on same-sex marriage was influenced by the writings of George Rekers, a psychologist and Baptist minister.

My expert report to the court — which was written entirely by me, includes a list of scholarly sources and is available for anyone to read — includes no mention of Mr. Rekers. And for good reason: I have never met Mr. Rekers or read any of his writings.

I recently learned that a separate, lawyer-generated document submitted to the court apparently does list an article by Mr. Rekers in connection with my testimony, but that document, on this point, is in error.

This matter is particularly important to me, since in my report to the court, as well as in my testimony on the stand, I clearly and emphatically rejected the anti-gay views that Mr. Rekers has apparently expressed.

David Blankenhorn
President
Institute for American Values
New York, May 19, 2010

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Rev. Steve
May 24th, 2010 | LINK

The rats are jumping ship.

Lindoro Almaviva
May 24th, 2010 | LINK

It’s like someone farted and they can not run fast enough from the stench.

paul j stein
May 25th, 2010 | LINK

Talk about having an “AGENDA”!

fannie
May 25th, 2010 | LINK

“And for good reason: I have never met Mr. Rekers or read any of his writings.”

How does he know not meeting Rekers or reading his writings is for “good reason” if he’s never met Rekers or read any of his writings?

Is he just going on what other people have said about Reker and his writings?

Maurice Lacunza
May 25th, 2010 | LINK

I advise to read this slowly and outloud:

“I have never ate green eggs and ham. I have never ever whenever never ate those green eggs and ham in a pan.

Except that one time when I ate those green eggs and ham and to my surprise I will advise that my lawyer technically said it was spam.

I know now that I know that I know I did not reasonably ever never whenever eat those those green eggs and ham.

Except that one time when it was technically spam that I ate with my gree eggs in a pan.”

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