For this kind of money, I'd pretend to be straight too:
Anti-gay psychologist George Rekers charged Florida $300 an hour to testify as an expert witness in a trial defending Florida's ban on gay people adopting. The state planned to cap Rekers' fee at $60,900 -- but paid him $120,693 after he exceeded his contracted hours.
It reminds me of those columns conservatives still turn out regularly against the minimum wage. They just find it offensive that someone working the line at McDonald's or picking vegetables could get paid $7 and hour.
They never seem to go after characters like Rekers (and he's definitely not the only one), getting paid ridiculous amounts of money for their work. $300 and hour? Even if he were providing actual expert testimony, I'll just say here that his work wouldn't be worth that much. No one's is.
That's for the 400 hours he billed them for. I remember when I worked at Subway, you couldn't get away with billing the manager for an extra 10 minutes they way they stood over you and looked at when you clocked in and out. I'm guessing no one actually checked to see that he worked all those 400 hours on their case, made sure he wasn't looking for gay porn online.
Of course they didn't. They just paid it because he was an upstanding citizen, a rich person like one who them, and all upstanding citizens deserve their piece of the pie. It's not like they're going to blow the money on trips to Europe with prostitutes, unlike those Welfare Queens who buy lobster with foodstamps.
The rest of us have to work tirelessly, after our jobs, to convince Congress that our labor is worth even $7 an hour. It may not be enough to live on in many places in the US, but it's better than what employers want to pay for an hour's work, which is nothing.
But, unlike nice people like George Rekers, the rest of us don't deserve such considerations. If we don't like it, then we should start ex-gay orgs so that we can be hired to say stupid things in court that'll just get thrown out anyway.