In the letter, Kline and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Michigan) expressed procedural concerns about how the rule was being implemented. (Read the whole thing here.)
"[W]e understand the public was not afforded an opportunity to submit comments as provided under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)," they write. "Public comment is essential to all rulemakings... As such, we request the public be afforded at least 60 days to comment on the regulations."
That sounds quite technical, but some think Kline's motives are more cynical than the letters suggests.
Along those lines, Kline, who isn't a supporter of same-sex marriage, was blasted by the Human Rights Campaign's Fred Sainz in a statement sent to Fox 9.
"While President Obama has taken dozens of executive actions to protect LGBT workers, Congressman Kline has made it clear he would side with Republican presidential candidates who would overturn those protections and take us back to a time when federal contractors could discriminate against LGBT workers," Sainz says. "Everyone should have the right to work and make a living and be judged on their performance, not their orientation, so it's shameful that Congressman Kline wants to withdraw a rule supporting this basic idea of fairness in the workplace."
We touched base with Kline's D.C. office yesterday and asked if it's indeed the case that the Congressman's concerns are procedural. A staffer there indicated they'd be willing to talk with us and clarify Kline's concerns about the new rule, but we didn't hear back yesterday, and our attempts to chat with a staffer today haven't paid dividends.
We'll update this story if we hear back.