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Another Anti-Gay Lawmaker Caught In Rentboy Scandal

Jim Burroway

August 12th, 2011

At least he's a good tipper.

This time it’s Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R-Wayne, Pike Twps). The Indianapolis Star has emails that were exchanged between Hinkle’s personal email account and a young man who had placed an ad in the “Casual Encounters” section on the Craigslist under “m4m.” The two met at a downtown Indianapolis Marriott after Hinkle offered Kameryn Gibson $80 with the promise of a $50 to $60 tip for a “really good time.” Part of the email exchange went like this:

The email offers “to make it worth (your) while” in cash, and offers a personal description: “I am an in shape married professional, 5’8″, fit 170 lbs, and love getting and staying naked.”

Fifteen minutes later, Kameryn Gibson replied: “Yes I can!” He also sent along his phone number.

What followed was an email exchange between phinkle46 @comcast.net and Kameryn Gibson. One email from Hinkle’s account asks “what will make you happy for giving me a couple hours of your time tonight?”

Gibson: “Wat (sic) can you give me?”

Phinkle46 @comcast.net: “How about $80 for services rendered and if real satisfied a healthy tip? That make it worth while?”

The two agreed on the price and discussed logistics. An email sent at 9:44 a.m., also with the signature “Sent from Phil’s iPad” and sent from Hinkle’s personal account, lays clear the parameters for the tip: “Final for the record, for a really good time, you could get another 50, 60 bucks. That sound good?”

Gibson said that after they met in the hotel room, he tried to leave after Hinkle told him he was a state lawmaker. He said Hinkle at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, and sat down on the bed and let the towel he was wearing drop to the floor. Hinkle  later gave Gibson an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.

Hinkle responded to the Star’s story by saying only that claims that “I am aware of a shakedown taking place.” He referred all other questions to his attorney. No police report alleging blackmail has been filed.

On February 15, 2011, the Indiana House approved a proposed amendment to the state Constitution banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. The vote was 70-26, with Hinkle supporting the measure (PDF: 4 KB/1 page).

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) called the scandal a “family tragedy,” but refused to say whether Hinkle should resign the seat he’s held since 2000. State House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) called it “an extremely sad and disappointing situation,” and said the would discuss the matter with Hinkle “and chart a course from there.”

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Timothy (TRiG)
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

It keeps happening!

TRiG.

David Roberts
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

It really is uncanny how often this happens, isn’t it?

Ben in Maine for now
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

These people are beyond shame, beyond irony…

and beyond farce.

RobNYNY1957
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

I suspect it will also matter to some GOPpers that the young man involved was black.

AJD
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

Fröhlichkeit, deine Name heißt Schadenfreude.

BlackDog
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

I’m starting to be surprised that more antigay activists, preachers, and politicians don’t get questioned about their sexuality by reporters on a routine basis.

It just blows my mind how many of them come across as shockinly creepy (The Peter and a lot of the “ex-gay” crowd) or completely, repeatedly embarrass themselves by NOT acting like normal straight people (Marcus Bachmann) or get caught with “rentboys” (Rekers and this guy) or give off a severe gay vibe (Bradlee Dean and that “scarfboy” dude) or just plain show themselves to be a bunch of immoral religious fanatics (NOM) or for that matter, some combination of the above.

Something in my brain wants to scream “These guys can’t ALL be gay, can they? CAN THEY??” but sadly enough, the evidence keeps backing up the stereotype that the more rabidly homophobic someone acts the more likely there’s some issues there.

That’s a shame, my mom taught me not to put much stock in stereotypes. I’d really hate to see one prove her wrong.

Timothy Kincaid
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

Really? $140 to play with that, ahem, somewhat-less-than-Brad-Pitt fellow?

I guess the economy is making everyone desperate.

Timothy Kincaid
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

Ya know, I’m not getting the impression that Hinckle was an anti-gay activist kinda legislator. It seems he was more “good government” than social conservative… or, at least, so far.

Jerry
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

Hinkle has garnered a Wikipedia entry that seems to have only happened because of this story. It lists his age and marital status(married) and religion(catholic) no children mentioned.

He also has his own featured story in the Huffington Post.

You would think politicians would learn not to play on Craig’s List or at least buy a computer and identity reserved just for those activities.

Mark F.
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

A pal of mine who frequents gay bathhouses says about 1/3 of the guys he plays with are married to women.

Jim Burroway
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

I’m taking his vote for Indiana’s anti-marriage amendment as enough justification to hang the anti-gay tag on him. I’ve long since lost patience with people in positions of power, even if it is in the lower house of a state legislature, who vote against the rights and dignity of their fellow citizens and constituents. And anti-gay vote is the mark of an anti-gay politician in my book.

cd
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

Red State family values. If you’re adamantly closeted insistent that you’re not gay you count as straight. You just happen to be a straight man who chooses to have sex with other men when you can.

For a more detailed description of how this works (or doesn’t), the Reverend Ted Haggard will be glad to expound on it at length. So to speak

TomTallis
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

Old goat.

Charles
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

I just wonder what his wife has to say. I had a first cousin who married a gay man. It was his second marriage. He had had two children from his first marriage. The divorce was extremely bitter.

Coxygru
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

This case is merely sad. But it could have been tragic or horrific if it had played out in Kenya, Uganda, Iraq or China, or in 1970s America. Let us not forget that the progress we have made in western nations is tenuous and precious. It must be safeguarded.

Sir Andrew
August 12th, 2011 | LINK

I believe the wife then offered $10,000 to the boy to keep him quiet about this.

Gotta love them Catholics.

BlackDog
August 13th, 2011 | LINK

Oh yeah, that’s right…I’d forgotten about Ted Haggard…gee I wonder why? No one else takes him seriously anymore either?

I kid you not, I saw his interview towards the end of “Jesus Camp” and I was so creeped out by him I felt like I needed to take a shower. What’s even more funny is it wasn’t long after that interview that he got caught.

jc
August 14th, 2011 | LINK

my favorite part that i’ve seen as the final words in several news articles is him telling the boy’s sister “you’ve just ruined me”. way to own his responsibility in the matter!

Timothy Kincaid
August 14th, 2011 | LINK

Jim

I can’t agree that having voted against marriage equality, alone, qualifies one as anti-gay. I would not call Gary Jackson anti-gay for saying in the Republican debates that while he personally opposes gay marriage that he supports civil unions and “we have not done enough”. That is not good enough, of course, but neither he nor the President are anti-gay.

Voting for an amendment is worse, of course, but even still there is a difference between a vote based in prejudice and being anti-gay. 7 million californians voted for prop 8. Many were fooled or fearful or not ready or whatever. Many more voted out of prejudice but have never before taken a negative act against us. I don’t think one position or action makes a person the enemy.

And there are many legislators, especially on the Republican side, that are sometimes supporters. They vote with us on some things but not all. I don’t think that voting to repeal DADT makes them an ally, but surely “anti-gay” is best applied to those whose voting is by default “anti”.

And there is a difference even between voting anti-gay and being an anti-gay activist. Doug Skelos voted against marriage in NY as did all but four Republican senators. Yet somehow the caucus magically advised him to take the vote and for some magical reason Skelos made an exception and let the caucus decide. Or the senator who voted no last time with his head in his hands and was the first to announce support this time He may not be a supporter, but I have difficulty making the anti-gay label fit.

I prefer to save anti-gay for those for who are either proactively or consistently so.

It seems likely that Hinkle was a consistent anti-gay vote. He may even have been proactive or ranted on the floor. But, so far, I haven’t seen that.

And I didn’t say that Hinkle wasn’t anti gay. Just that he doesnt yet appear to have been an anti-gay activist.

Priya Lynn
August 14th, 2011 | LINK

Its all a matter of degree Timothy. Some people are more anti-gay than others but if you’ve done any voting against gays or supported any inequality then you are anti-gay. Obama is anti-gay and Hinkle is anti-gay although they may be a good deal less anti-gay than say a Peter Labarbera.

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