Rekers was recently caught in the Miami airport returning from a 10-day trip to Europe with a male prostitute he hired off the website Rentboy.com.
Rekers, who has worked to "cure" gay people through religion, denies engaging in any gay sex whatsoever. He had a perfectly innocent explanation: ''I had surgery and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him," he told the Miami New Times. (The Rent Boy has since admitted the two had sex, while Rekers claims he tried to convince him to abandon homosexual intercourse, saying, "I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him in great detail.")
Amid a chorus of snickers around the Internet, "Lift my luggage" has been added to pantheon of classic euphemisms for illicit sex — right up there with Gov. Mark Sanford's infamous "hiking the Appalachian Trail" alibi (when he was secretly off in Argentina chasing tail) and ex-Sen. Larry Craig's claim he had a "wide stance" (when he was caught tapping his toes in an airport bathroom stall trying to solicit gay sex).
"Lift my luggage" has officially made it into the Urban Dictionary:
"Phrase used to describe taking a homosexual prostitute on a European vacation, while being an advocate of Gay to Straight conversion therapy."As Comedy Central's Indecision Forever blog points out, the episode is yet another example of Haggard's Law -- named after Rev. Ted Haggard, the gay-bashing evangelical leader who resigned after admitting to having meth-fueled gay sex with a male prostitute.
Here's how the Urban Dictionary defines Haggard's Law:
"The likelihood of a person harboring secret desires to engage in sexual and/or romantic activities with members of the same sex is directly proportional to the frequency and volume of said person's vocalized objections to homosexuality."Guess that means the right-wing Christian escort business must be booming at Rentboy.com.
Rekers's exploits have also earned him honors as Stephen Colbert's "Alpha Dog of the Week." Poking fun at the "lifting luggage" excuse, Colbert quipped, "Technically, I believe he was looking for someone to hoist his sack."
Colbert also noted: "Jesus spent time with prostitutes. That's why good Christians should always ask themselves 'WBWJR -- What Boy Would Jesus Rent?'" (Watch video)
Jon Stewart also mocked Rekers' rentboy romp, highlighting a photo on Rekers at the airport with his escort, who was not touching the luggage.
Bill Maher piled on as well:
"This man devoted his life to curing homosexuality. And you know, people have to stop saying that just because someone is an anti-gay activist they might be gay. They're definitely gay! They are 100% sausage-smoking, Barbara Streisand-loving, Project Runway-ready gay."
Craig Ferguson, meanwhile, had a word of advice for the George Rekers of the world:
"If you're really, really anti-gay and you run an organization that's really anti-gay and you really don't like gay people, and you want to stop them from doing stuff, you're probably gay. So, just knock it off and get yourself something fabulous."
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