Rep. John Kline, Minnesota's Most Reprehensible Congressman (TM), has remained remarkably consistent in bagging on the LGBT community.
Kline, chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, co-authored a scolding letter late last year to the Labor Department for issuing new rules protecting the gay employees of federal contractors from discrimination. The rules dictate that if a company wants to dine at the government trough, it can't fire, discipline, or refuse to hire based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.
The 68-year-old chided department officials for failing to allow for a 60-day public comment period, which presumably would have given voice to compelling arguments on why discrimination is cool.
Kline couldn't bring himself to be nice to gay people earlier this year, either. He was the lone member of Minnesota's congressional delegation to vote against a law outlawing the feds from doing business with contractors who discriminate based on race, gender identity, and sexual preference.
Rep. Scott Peters' (D-CA) legislation, which prohibited taxpayer cash from going to housing and urban development contractors that don't have LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination polices, passed by 57 votes. Among those who supported the measure were 60 GOP lawmakers, evidence that some Republicans now reside in the 21st century.
Yet Kilne continues to wield a value system in which equal rights only apply to straight people.
During a House committee meeting last month, Kline kiboshed Rep. Jared Polis' (D-Colorado) move to introduce the Equality Act, a law that forbids LGBT discrimination in employment, federal programs, housing, and education.
"It is still legal in 31 states to fire an employee simply because they're gay or transgender," the openly gay Polis testified. "In 28 states same sex couples have no legal recourse if their landlord decides to evict them from their home just because they're gay. And only 14 states prohibit discrimination against LGBT students in school."