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    WASHINGTON -- The law firm King & Spalding announced on Monday that it will not continue to represent the U.S. House of Representatives in defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

    "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," firm chairman Robert D. Hays, Jr. said in a statement. "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," he continued. "Ultimately I am responsible for any mistakes that occurred and apologize for the challenges this may have created."

    The law firm came under intense criticism from LGBT rights advocates last week after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced that former Bush solicitor general Paul Clement, a partner in the firm, would be defending the law that defines federal marriage as between one man and one woman. The firm would receive as much as $500,000 for their work on the case, according to documents obtained earlier by t.

    Jon Davidson, legal director of Lambda Legal, the nation's oldest and largest legal organization working for LGBT equality, told The Huffington Post that defending the law would likely hurt the firm's effort to recruit lawyers. He added that he would also be no longer comfortable working with the firm on cases.

    "As legal director, I would take the position that we should not use them as cooperating attorneys with us -- that is, people who work with us on a pro bono basis in cases," said Davidson. "I wouldn't want to team with them, so long as they're actively harming our community by defending DOMA."
    (...)
    Boehner's decision to have the House intervene and defend DOMA came after Attorney General Eric Holder announced in February that the administration would no longer argue in support of the law after it concluded that the law is unconstitutional.

    Last month, a five-person House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group voted along party lines (3-2) to direct the House General Counsel to initiate a legal defense of DOMA.

    Last week, Boehner requested the Justice Department hand over "the funds it would have otherwise expended defending the constitutionality of DOMA."

    "The hypocrisy of this legal boondoggle is mind-blowing," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement. "Speaker Boehner is spending half a million dollars of taxpayer money to defend discrimination. If Republicans were really interested in cutting spending, this should be at the top of the list."

    According to Ben Smith at Politico Clement will no longer be involved at all in the case.
    (...)

    UPDATE -- 10:56 a.m.: Statement from Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters:
    We commend the partners of King & Spalding for rightly recognizing that their participation in furthering discrimination against gay Americans was unacceptable. All Americans deserve access to an attorney, but attorneys need to be held accountable for the clients they voluntarily decide to represent. Furthermore, Speaker Boehner has an army of in-house legal talent at the House of Representatives who could ably represent his position in court. If he is serious about cutting the deficit he needs to look to his in-house counsel to represent him in these proceedings, instead of spending taxpayer dollars for a service already provided to his office.
    UPDATE -- 11:20 a.m.: Statement from Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill:
    Leader Pelosi shares Mr. Hays' apparent concerns with the lack of transparency and accountability in the way this contract was signed. She also vigorously opposes using half a million taxpayer dollars or any taxpayer resources to defend discrimination, at a time when Republicans in Congress are cutting critical initiatives like education and infrastructure. It is now more critical than ever that Speaker Boehner fully account for his decision to sign this half million dollar contract to defend this indefensible statue.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_853226.html
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    I would love to hear how our resident legal expert interprets the law firms statement.
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    Former Solicitor General Paul Clement resigned Monday from his law firm, King & Spalding, over the firm's abrupt and belated decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the House of Representatives.

    "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 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. But having undertaken the representation, I believe there is no honorable course for me but to complete it."

    Clement said he will join Bancroft PLLC, a small Washington-based firm that is home to former Bush Justice Department official Viet Dinh.

    Read Clement's letter here. More on King & Spalding's decision to back out from Ben Smith here.

    Check link for links referenced in article.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshge..._Act_flap.html
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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Former Solicitor General Paul Clement resigned Monday from his law firm, King & Spalding, over the firm's abrupt and belated decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the House of Representatives.

    "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 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. But having undertaken the representation, I believe there is no honorable course for me but to complete it."

    Clement said he will join Bancroft PLLC, a small Washington-based firm that is home to former Bush Justice Department official Viet Dinh.

    Read Clement's letter here. More on King & Spalding's decision to back out from Ben Smith here.

    Check link for links referenced in article.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshge..._Act_flap.html
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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    Wow. An interesting turn of events. But it makes sense. We're in an culture war.

    Hope the good guys win.

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    WASHINGTON -- The law firm King & Spalding stunned many observers Monday by abruptly withdrawing from representing the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- barely a week after coming under fire for signing on to defend the law on behalf of House Republicans. But the real shockwaves may have taken place within the firm, where, according to one insider, employees were at each other's throats over its decision to take on the case.
    A source at the firm described the “mayhem” that ensued after employees learned King & Spalding agreed to defend DOMA.

    “Management was divided, people were threatening to quit,” the source said. In addition, it was unclear if members of the firm’s Diversity Committee had been consulted ahead of time about taking on the case.

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    The ripple effects of the firm taking on the case have extended beyond King & Spalding's Washington, D.C. offices. Pam Rymin, a litigation paralegal with another firm in Atlanta, made headlines last week for publicly complaining to King & Spalding's Atlanta leg, saying the gay community may be incensed enough to start holding rallies in protest of doing business with the company.

    "They are a large presence in the city and there is a large gay population here,” Rymin told The Georgia Voice. “They need to be held more accountable."

    LGBT rights organizations also exerted a significant amount of pressure on sensitive areas for the firm: its clients and recruits.

    The Human Rights Campaign, for example, reached out to King & Spalding's clients and groups to which the firm had made charitable donations. It also targeted law schools and students who would be potential recruits for King & Spalding to make them aware of the DOMA case.
    "[We wanted to] expose the hypocrisy of King & Spalding taking on this engagement while at the same time they were espousing to prospective clients and recruits that they were leaders in LGBT equality," said HRC spokesman Fred Sainz. "So we thought it was important to draw attention to that hypocrisy because you can't claim that you're good for LGBT people and at the same time, effectively be declaring war on gay and lesbian families."

    A source in the LGBT community familiar with the advocacy efforts told The Huffington Post that several King & Spalding clients expressed concern over the DOMA case and had reached out to the firm for more information. Brian Beutler at Talking Points Memo also reported that top King & Spalding client Coca-Cola directly intervened, pressing the firm to separate itself from the case.

    Particularly troublesome for companies, according to the source, was that many of them have contracts with King & Spalding that provide protections against non-discrimination for sexual orientation. The contract with the House General Counsel, however, did not include sexual orientation or gender identity protections.

    One LGBT organization looked into filing a lawsuit against King & Spalding, arguing that the clause in the contract prohibiting the firm's employees from engaging in any advocacy to "alter or amend" DOMA broke certain states' laws.

    The Stone Bar Association of Georgia also urged King & Spalding to terminate its representation of the DOMA case, saying in a statement that its vice president/president-elect Robert Lewis contacted the firm's chairman and diversity committee chairman. The group's president, Brian Basinger, also an associate at King & Spalding, did not return repeated requests for comment to The Huffington Post.

    In the meantime, a spokesman for Clement’s new and significantly smaller firm, Bancroft PLLC, said their seven-member team of attorneys is more than prepared to defend DOMA.

    “You have Viet Dinh, Paul Clement and Chris Bartolomucci, three of the most successful Supreme Court litigators,” said Mark Corallo, who heads up the media relations firm Corallo Comstock. “That’s an awful lot of legal fire power …. They are perfectly capable of handling [DOMA] and much more.”

    Corallo, who has been friends with Dinh and Clement for more than 20 years, said it is “certainly a great benefit” to Bancroft to take on Clement. He touted Clement’s commitment to defending his cases, regardless of the subject matter.

    “Paul made it clear” when he left King & Spalding, said Corallo, that “when a lawyer takes a case, they should stay with it to the end. Period.”

    Bancroft wasted no time mounting a public relations offense in support of their newest hire. They created a Twitter account Monday and, as of Tuesday evening, had sent out 11 tweets boasting about Clement coming on as a partner.

    "'Paul wins the biggest cases and Bancroft solves the most complex problems. This is a no brainer.'-- Viet Dinh, Bancroft Founder,” reads one of the firm’s first tweets.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_854077.html
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    Between this on the one hand, and the gay man's murdered horses on the other, I can't stop thinking about the The Mayor of Castro Street: the Life and Times of Harvey Milk.


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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    Quote Originally Posted by owendonovan View Post
    "There is NO honorable course"
    Yes, there is.
    What do you mean, they should have dropped the case? I really think the best result is for DOMA to fall with the best possible legal team behind it. You don't want people thinking lawyers were afraid to take it on.
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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    I don't think it's that simple. Regardless of court outcome people are still going to believe what they thought before.

    In this case, people are more likely to learn from personal experience than from external example. Exposure is everything. That why these kinds of things take a long time. People who can see and experience that people are normal regardless of what stereotypes are out there and pointed to as examples.

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    Random side note: I went to the Navy Medical Center in Bethesda for lunch the other day and there was a big poster about DADT repeal... looked like it was a bunch of times? Probably some 'training' or such.
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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    It's "Repeal" Day.

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    © September 19, 2011
    By Mackenzie Weinger

    More than 17 years after a tortured political compromise that left no one happy, “don’t ask, don’t tell” is done.

    On Tuesday, President Bill Clinton’s 1993 directive that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military without discrimination as long as they stayed in the closet will be formally repealed. The measure had mandated that applicants weren’t to be asked about their sexuality, and it barred military brass from investigating a service member’s sexual orientation without credible evidence.

    The repeal of DADT — which stirred anger among conservatives and liberals alike, touching off a nearly two-decades-long debate — was approved by Congress last year, signed by President Barack Obama, who had made it a campaign pledge in 2008, and given final authorization by military leaders this summer.

    “As of Sept. 20, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country,” Obama said in a statement in July.

    The day will be marked by an afternoon news conference at the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, celebrations around the country by those who had worked nearly a generation to abolish DADT and disappointment from critics who had pressed right up until the last moment for the repeal to be delayed or turned back altogether.

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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    From that same article:

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of only a handful of senators to vote against enforcing the existing ban in 1993, said in a statement, “All these years later, it is a relief to see the end of a bad law that has been with us for far too long.”
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    'bout time!
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    Re: Obama to ask for repeal of DADT

    Nice short bit on it in the local news this morning.

    Thought they were possibly trying to be provocative about it though by showing footage of two old soldiers in military outfits in an apparent wedding ceremony.
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