Rep. John Kline, a Republican who represents the Twin Cities’ southeastern suburbs, penned a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor asking the agency to withdraw a rule that bans federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
The rule is in response to President Obama’s executive order earlier this summer. That executive order bars corporations and organizations that contract with the federal government from discriminating in hiring and employment. At the signing in July, Obama said: “It doesn’t make much sense but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that’s wrong.”
In the letter to the Department of Labor, Rep. Kline along with Rep. Tim Wahlberg, asked the department to withdraw the rule that implements Obama’s executive order. Kline and Wahlberg claim that the agency has to go through a public comment period before it can take effect. Kline has been a long time opponent of LGBT equality.
Here’s the letter which was obtained by Buzzfeed: