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