Monday, August 29, 2011

Indiana Rep Supports Gay Marriage Ban, Pays Young Man For "Good Time"

We've seen it before: A conservative filled with self-hatred for his sexual identity crusades for so-called "family values," including legislation dedicated to making gays miserable. Think of former Republican senator Larry Craig of Idaho and anti-gay activist and minister George Alan Rekers, among others. Now Rep. Phil Hinkle (R-IN, left), who voted for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, has been accused of soliciting the services of a young man, Kameryn Gibson (right), on Craigslist:

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.

...Hinkle’s version of what happened that night in room 2610 at the JW Marriott hotel differs greatly from the version provided by the young man and his sister.

Kameryn Gibson, the 18-year-old who said he was looking for a “sugga daddy” in the Craigslist posting, told The Star that he tried to leave the room that night and called his sister Megan after Hinkle identified himself as a lawmaker. He also said Hinkle tried to keep him from leaving, exposed himself and then — after his sister arrived — offered them $100 cash, an iPad and Blackberry to keep quiet.

Hinkle’s version: He never exposed himself and never offered anything to the Gibsons to keep quiet. Instead, he said, Kameryn Gibson stole those items when Hinkle was in the bathroom.

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