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Anti-Gay Indiana Lawmaker Who Paid Male Teen for Sex Resists Call from Speaker to Step Down, Says He's Not Gay: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Indiana Rep. Phil Hinkle, who was caught earlier this month paying $80 to a male teen for sex after responding to an ad on Craigslist, is refusing calls, now public, from the House Speaker, for him to step down. The calls from Speaker Brian Bosma follow similar pressure last week from a wide range of officials.

Hinkle is also being removed from committees.

The Indy Star reports:

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 House 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.

Said Hinkle in his first public comments since the incident: "I was on the road to self-destruction, and I don't know why....I say that emphatically. I'm not gay...I went to the edge, but I didn't fall over the edge."

Watch two news reports on the calls for Hinkle to step down, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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  1. Let him finish his term. Then a Dem. can run for the office and win. Otherwise. Replacing him with another rethug, will only give that rethug a chance to run and win. Granted. The people that were interviewed in this segment probably wouldn't vote for a Dem. if their lives depended upon it and . . . . . well need I say more. A SHOUT OUT TO RICK FROM CINN FOR THE REFERENCE TO ROY COHN.

    Posted by: Christopher Lines | Aug 24, 2011 11:51:45 AM


  2. Rick, do you offer the same compassion and passes to old Southern racists or is it just homophobes who we should feel so badly for and whose bigoted voting records we should go easy on?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 24, 2011 12:20:45 PM


  3. Rick, let's try once more to break it down clearly for you:

    Older men who, against all societal pressures, bravely lived open gay existences and helped advance gay civil rights: Huge praise and respect deserved.

    Older men who, because they were justifiably frightened by the consequences of living open gay lives, took a heterosexual lifestyle path that affects no one but them and their families: Empathy deserved.

    Older men, who may or may not be gay but certainly do not identify as such and who secretly and hypocritically hire teens for sex, never mind the harm it cause their families, and who have voted to enshrine our discrimination in the constitution: Condemnation without sympathy deserved.

    Is the fog lifting yet?

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 24, 2011 12:28:46 PM


  4. I'm gay and I've never paid a teenager for sex....

    it's like my Mum says: "he's not gay. he's a homosexual. he's not man enough to actually be gay."

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 24, 2011 12:30:11 PM


  5. Yeah, OK, Ernie. And of course, the fact that you voted no doubt for Barack Obama and/or for Hillary Clinton despite their opposition to same-sex marriage (which is doubtless a reflection in part of their generation's mores) makes them bigots and makesx you a self-hating hypocrite for supporting them despite their obvious homophobic attitudes, right?

    See how simple things become when you just apply a black-or-white standard to everything without considering the whole picture?

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 24, 2011 1:36:00 PM


  6. @Tampazeke Again with the naive simplicity. You do know that Jimmy Carter once advocated for segregated schools, don't you? And that Robert Byrd was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Black folks for the most part forgave them for that, understanding that they had little choice but to practice racism in the times and places they came of age if they wanted to be a part of society at that time.....and that if they had tried to do otherwise, they would only have destroyed themselves in the process.

    Get it?

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 24, 2011 1:44:41 PM


  7. No, Rick, I voted for Barack Obama in spite of his opposition to marriage equality and because he was a far better alternative than the McCain/Palin ticket. (And, I don't let him off because of his generation, which is my generation. That same generation passed marriage equality in my home state. He's wrong on marriage equality, but much less wrong than all feasible Republican opponents.) Obama does not support a constitutional same-sex marriage amendment and, as far as we know, isn't hiring teen boys for sex on the sly while claiming he isn't gay.

    There is no indication that Mr. Hinkle, amid his hypocrisy, would ever cast a pro-gay vote. Sen. Mikulsky and Pres. Obama, on the other hand, have cast pro-gay votes and have taken pro-gay actions (without hiring rent boys and girls), so our job with them is to lobby them as smartly and effectively as possible.

    If you're going to make simplistic comparisons, at least make semi-rational ones.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 24, 2011 1:57:58 PM


  8. This self-loathing, hypocritical, civil-rights busting sorry excuse for a man gets no sympathy from me regardless of the era he grew up in. When he votes to amend us out of a constitution, all gloves come off. I hope this f*ckwad is shunned by the Republican party, the Democratic party, his family, his friends, and the gay community, and that he commits suicide by drowning in a puddle of his own vomit, b/c frankly, that is his actual worth.

    Posted by: Wren | Aug 24, 2011 3:12:36 PM


  9. LOL- he was on the edge of glory but pulled back-pathetic old closet case.

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 24, 2011 6:00:29 PM


  10. The House Speaker has already asked for him to resign, he's also been removed from several committees. His credibility as a person, never mind politician, has been shot to hell. He was right, he has been ruined. But, by his own hand. He is ultimately responsible for his actions. Hinkle screwed himself, now he needs to own it!

    Posted by: Beau | Aug 24, 2011 6:16:31 PM


  11. "@Tampazeke Again with the naive simplicity. You do know that Jimmy Carter once advocated for segregated schools, don't you? And that Robert Byrd was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Black folks for the most part forgave them for that, understanding that they had little choice but to practice racism in the times and places they came of age if they wanted to be a part of society at that time.....and that if they had tried to do otherwise, they would only have destroyed themselves in the process."

    You're citing two cases of racist Dems who repudiated their old ways and became champions of equality. Of course they were "forgiven". They repented and, more important, attempted to make restitution.

    You expect this guy, who will probably vote anti-gay until his term ends, to get the same treatment?

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 24, 2011 6:32:41 PM


  12. WTF? Does he he SERIOUSLY think he is being asked to step down for being Gay?? There are Gay politicians all over the place, in and out of the closet. Wake up Hinkie-dink! You're another Republican nut-job just playing politics and obviously you only make decisions (while at work) based on what will get you votes. You should be concerned about what is right or wrong, not what is right or left - for f**k sake!!

    Posted by: DJ | Aug 24, 2011 6:40:03 PM


  13. I have 3 friends that married and lived the 2nd life... they all finally came out in their 30's in the late 1990's. So he's old? Doesn't matter. My piano teacher was married twice and had sex with guys until he came out at 55. This guy votes antigay. Why are you defending him? He chose to be a politician; he could change careers. He didn't need support of his constituency if he is a hypocrite. I don't think he should resign though; he should admit what he did and try to negate his homophobic policies. I hope I could survive sex with an younger guy when I'm his age!

    Posted by: Alfy | Aug 24, 2011 11:45:49 PM


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