Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R) is embroiled in controversy after The Indianapolis Star discovered emails appearing to solicit the paid company of a young man, sent from Hinkle's publicly listed email address.
In response to a M4M forum Craigslist post, Hinkle emailed the man, named Kameryn Gibson, and offered him $80 cash, with a tip of $50 or $60 "for a really good time" in the hours he proposed spending together at a local Marriott.
Gibson, whose ad lists him as 20 years old but is actually 18, said he met Hinkle at the hotel, and tried to leave when Hinkle said he was a state politician.
The Star writes:
He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.
The BlackBerry contained all of the emails between the young man and Hinkle. In one, Hinkle gives a physical description: "I am an in shape married professional, 5'8", fit 170 lbs, and love getting and staying naked."
And of course Hinkle's legislative record has him against same-sex marriage and against LGBT rights. Now, being a self-hating prick is horrible, but not illegal. This on the other hand:
Megan Gibson, Kameryn's sister, came to pick him up from the hotel after Hinkle thrust the bribes upon Gibson. She said that she spoke to Hinkle's wife on the BlackBerry, and told her her husband was gay. Hinkle's wife offered her $10,000 to keep quiet.
This? This is pretty much seriously illegal if that's what actually took place. The thing that blows my mind is not that straight Republicans see being gay or bisexual as a "disease that needs to be cured", but that gay or bisexual Republicans see that as a "disease that needs to be cured". I just do not understand that, but then again that's probably why I don't side with Republicans on issues.
You are who you are. I'm a straight black man in his mid-30's, adopted by white parents, who happens to be shaped like a large piece of furniture, but that's who I am. Your mileage may vary, as they say.
But I just don't get trying to go all emo on something like this. It's silly.