by Ilya Gerner
Indiana State Republican Rep. Phil Hinkle is just your run-of-the-mill family values conservative. Earlier this year he voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Several years ago, he co-sponsored the measure that created Indiana's "In God We Trust" license plates. And now he's standing firm against those who would force him to resign over his very own "Buy American" campaign…
State Rep. Phil Hinkle admitted Tuesday that he paid a young man $80 to have a good time. But Hinkle insisted he isn't gay and doesn't know why he did it.
He said that he understands why he's being stripped of his committee chairmanships and that he won't seek re-election. But he said he will not resign, despite Speaker Brian Bosma's call Tuesday to do so.
And he said he did nothing illegal with — or to —the young man and that he himself was the victim of a crime. But he said he would not file a police report.
The foiled sexytime encounter began in time-honored fashion after Hinkle sent a series of emails responding to a Craiglist advertisement posted in the "m4m" section, asking an 18-year male prostitute for "a couple hours of your time tonight" and offering him $80 up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 "for a really good time." Which sounds cheap, but Indiana's unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, and what have you done to create jobs lately? Alas for Hinkle, his young companion ended the tryst when he found out his client was a state lawmaker.
Because recession or no recession, people still have standards.
Tags: Indiana, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Prostitution, Republicans, Sex, State Legislature