Heitkamp Quietly Signs On To Bill Expanding Workplace Protections To Homosexuals

Senator Heidi Heitkamp is backing federal legislation that would create a protected class for homosexuals, but she doesn’t seem to want anyone to know about it:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) has signed on to cosponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would expand workplace protections to LGBT individuals.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the bill in the Senate on April 25, and with the inclusion of Heitkamp, there are now 49 cosponsors.

Heitkamp quietly signed on as a cosponsor June 7, with no public notice. A Democratic aide confirmed Heitkamp’s inclusion to The Huffington Post. Her office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Indeed, there’s no mention of the move on Senator Heitkamp’s official website or her official Twitter account.

Regardless of one’s position on this issue – personally I find the idea of discriminating against gays reprehensible, but I’m suspicious of creating protected classes under the law – but shouldn’t a politician be open about what policies they’re supporting?

If Heitkamp supports this, let her make the case for it to her constituents instead of hiding her support for the legislation.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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