Today's Date: September 19, 2021
Keter Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering   •   Staff of Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project Join CUPE   •   The National Foundation to End Child Abuse And Neglect (EndCAN) Kicks Off 'Walk Together' Series in Three American Cities   •   DKT International and The Pleasure Project Launch 12 Global Fellows to Advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights   •   U.S. Navy Memorial Dedicates Lone Sailor Statue in Cleveland, Ohio   •   Empowering Conversation with Latina Leaders Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month   •   Logility Congratulates Mandy McCain of Berry Global, Katherine Storer of Berlin Packaging and Stephanie Francis of ChemPoint as   •   Event Celebrating Book Release and Upcoming Mini-Series: JOI LANSING: A BODY TO DIE FOR   •   Floor & Decor Launches the Grand Opening of its Waltham, Massachusetts Store on September 23, 2021   •   PrimeLending Named Top Ten Best Workplace for Women   •   The Africa-America Institute 2021 Awards Gala Honors CDC Africa, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, and   •   2021 ISA Women's Influence Award Winner   •   Geisinger and Acadia Healthcare Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Behavioral Health Center in Moosic   •   KILL Staff of Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project Join CUPE   •   Stars of Science, the Qatar Foundation TV edutainment initiative, gives Arab women the chance to pursue their ambitions in scien   •   Southeastern Grocers Partners With Feeding America® for Hunger Action Month®   •   Sobel Network's Exciting Team Expansion in the Sunshine State   •   Herta Takes Honda to the Pole at Laguna Seca   •   Xi'an Taking Measures to Ensure the Smooth Running of National Games, Accelerates the Adoption of Healthy Lifestyles across the   •   U.S. Navy Memorial To Hold Live Wreath Laying Ceremony in Honor of POW and MIA Remembrance
Bookmark and Share

Law Firm Drops Defense Of DOMA, Lawyer Resigns


WASHINGTON – Upon news that the law firm of King & Spalding has filed a motion to withdraw from defense of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act – Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, issued the following statement:

“King & Spalding has rightly chosen to put principle above politics in dropping its involvement in the defense of this discriminatory and patently unconstitutional law. We are pleased to see the firm has decided to stand on the right side of history and remain true to its core values.

“Speaker Boehner is likely to pursue continued defense of this odious law. However, law firms that value LGBT equality should remain committed to those values.”


Talking Points Memo reports former Solicitor General Paul Clement, who headed up King & Spalding's appellate practice, had been set to defend DOMA on behalf of House Republican leadership after the Justice Department said it would not defend the 1996 law because it determined provisions of the law were unconstitutional.

Clement submitted his resignation letter to King and Spalding on Monday morning. He will continue to represent the House, according to House Speaker John Boehner's office.

"I resign out of the firmly held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client's legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters. Defending unpopular clients is what lawyers do," Clement wrote in his resignation letter to King & Spalding chairman Robert Hays.

"I recognized from the outset that this statute implicates very sensitive issues that prompt strong views on both sides," Clement wrote. "But having undertaken the representation, I believe there is no honorable course for me but to complete it."

Said King and Spalding spokesman Les Zuke: "We're sorry to see Paul Clement leave. He's been a good partner, and we wish him the best."

In a statement, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said he was "disappointed in the firm's decision and its careless disregard for its responsibilities to the House in this constitutional matter."

"At the same time, Mr. Clement has demonstrated legal integrity, and we are grateful for his decision to continue representing the House," Brendan Buck told TPM in a statement. "This move will ensure the constitutionality of this law is appropriately determined by the courts, rather than by the President unilaterally."

Zuke, a spokesman for King and Spalding, issued this statement on behalf of King and Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hays, Jr.:

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.


King and Spalding's decision came after pressure from gay groups, which issued statements praising King and Spalding for their decision.

"Today, we learned once again that it is a bad idea to defend antigay bias and discrimination in court, and fewer and fewer people are willing to do it," Lambda Legal Jon Davidson said. "We welcome the news that the law firm, King and Spalding, has decided to withdraw from the engagement to represent House leadership in defending DOMA. We were very surprised and disappointed when King and Spalding accepted this assignment, because they have been supporters of LGBT equality in the past."

"Some attorney will no doubt accept this job and defend DOMA in court on behalf of the House leaders - that's the way the legal system works," Davidson said. "We're just glad it is not a law firm that has shown respect and support for their own LGBT attorneys, for our community and for our fight for equality. We welcome the firm back to the right side of history."

 


STORY TAGS: DOMA , Defense of Marrriage Act , Human Rights Campaign , King & Spalding , General, Black News, African American News, Latino News, Hispanic News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News