Boehner’s Barristers Back Out: Will Not Defend DOMA.
A very interesting turn came about today, that will definitely put a hitch in John Boehner’s giddy-up to defend DOMA. The law firm hired to defend DOMA in federal court made an announcement today that they will not represent the government in any suit brought against this unconstitutional law. King & Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hayes had this to say in his announcement to the press:
Today the firm filed a motion to withdraw from its engagement to represent the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives on the constitutional issues regarding Section III of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Last week we worked diligently through the process required for withdrawal.
In reviewing this assignment further, I determined that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate. Ultimately I am responsible for any mistakes that occurred and apologize for the challenges this may have created.
Further stirring this pot of Republican lead homophobic intrigue, is the fact that Paul Clement the attorney who was to handle the litigation, resigned to take another position with a smaller law firm run by two Washington D.C attorneys who worked in the Bush administration.
So why the sudden parting of the ways? Could it be that King & Spalding actually have a civil conscience? Or maybe it was the fact that if you’re going to feature on your website the fact that your firm is LGBT friendly, it might be a bad idea to handle federal lawsuits against DOMA. Because, you know, it may kind of make you look like a bunch of hypocrites.
As for Clement, well don’t be surprised if he still works for Boehner and the rest of his gay hating cronies from his new firm. If his new bosses worked for Bush, you can bet your ass they are as homophobic as Bush, Boehner, etc.
Stay tuned, this fight isn’t over. Not by a long shot.
- Paul Clement Quits King & Spalding After K&S Moves to Drop DOMA Defense (abovethelaw.com)
- King and Spalding Drops DOMA Defense (bilerico.com)
- Paul Clement Resigns From King & Spalding Over DOMA Defense Pull Out (lezgetreal.com)
- Law Firm Quits Defense of Marriage Act Defense (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Law firm won’t defend marriage act for GOP (thehill.com)