What’s Brewing: Ind. lawmaker who hired male prostitute won’t resign; gays blamed for quake

Indiana State Rep. Phillip Hinkle

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Republican Indiana State Rep. Phillip Hinkle, accused of hiring an 18-year-old male prostitute on Craigslist, is refusing calls for his resignation. Hinkle admits to hiring the teen for something but insists he isn’t gay and says he doesn’t know for what. Read the full story from the Indianapolis Star.

2. It was just a matter of time, although we were hoping it would be Red Oak’s Cindy Jacobs so we’d have a good strong local angle. But New York City’s Rabbi Yehuda Levin beat Jacobs to the punch in blaming Tuesday’s earthquake on the gays. Watch video of Levin’s comments below. Here’s a partial transcript via Joe.My.God.: “One of the reasons that God brings earthquakes to the world is because of the transgression of homosexuality. The Talmud states, ‘You have shaken your male member in a place where it doesn’t belong. I too, will shake the earth.’”

3. Two recent studies indicate that bisexual man are, in fact, sexually aroused by both men and women, The New York Times reports. “It’s great that they’ve come out with affirmation that bisexuality exists,” said one bisexual activist. “Having said that, they’re proving what we in the community already know. It’s insulting. I think it’s unfortunate that anyone doubts an individual who says, ‘This is what I am and who I am.’”

—  John Wright

What’s Brewing: San Antonio to offer DP benefits; Indiana Republican in gay Craigslist scandal

Indiana State Rep. Phillip Hinkle

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Frontrunners Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann were among the candidates who came out strongly against same-sex marriage during a televised GOP presidential debate Thursday night in Ames, Iowa. Meanwhile, Jon Huntsman defended his support for civil unions, and the virulently anti-gay Rick Santorum actually appeared to express concern for gay people in Iran. Watch a video compilation of the candidates’ remarks on same-sex marriage from ThinkProgress below.

2. The city of San Antonio plans to begin offering benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of employees, both gay and straight, according to the Express-News. San Antonio, the second-most-populous city in the state, would become the fifth to offer DP benefits, joining Austin, Dallas, El Paso and Fort Worth. “For the city as an employer, it means we can be more competitive for great talent,” Mayor Julian Castro said. “For the San Antonio community, it means there are no second-class citizens. We’re a cosmopolitan city and we value everyone in our community.”

3. An anti-gay Republican state representative from Indiana is accused of hiring a male prostitute from Craigslist’s M4M section.The Indianapolis Star reports that State Rep. Phillip Hinkle offered the 18-year-old $80 for sex, plus tips. Hinkle picked up the teen and drove him to his hotel room. But when the teen found out Hinkle was a lawmaker, he got cold feet and called his sister to come get him. Joe.My.God. reports that Hinkle is a right-winger who opposes same-sex marriage and once forced the state to offer an “In God We Trust” license plate.

—  John Wright