Daily Archives: April 25, 2011

You know what? So do I.

Gay Dads

Aren’t they lovely?

Well THIS dude

PC

certainly doesn’t think so.

And here’s what’s happened as a result.

“The law firm hired to mount the legal defense of the federal government’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages has withdrawn from the case, the firm announced Monday, after it was sharply criticized by gay rights groups.”

As well as its own employess. The firm has a non-discrimination policy in place, you see.

Pesky things, aren’t they?

The decision by King and Spalding has led Paul Clement, a prominent partner, to resign. On Monday, Clement — a former solicitor general under President George W. Bush — said he would continue as a partner in another firm to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
“To be clear, I take this step not because of strongly held views about this statute,” he wrote in a resignation letter released to reporters. “My thoughts about the merits of DOMA are as irrelevant as my views about the dozens of federal statutes that I defended as Solicitor General. Instead, 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.”

And that of course explains why he’s tendered his resignation.

“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. . . 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.”

Uh no. The honorable thing to do would have been to remain with the firm. But Clement is not an honorable man.

“Robert D. Hays Jr., chairman of King and Spalding, issued a short statement to reporters Monday saying that the firm had erred in accepting the case.
“In reviewing this assignment further, I determined that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate,” Hays wrote. “Ultimately I am responsible for any mistakes that occurred and apologize for the challenges this may have created.”
. . .
Clement has joined another firm, Bancroft and Associates. He served as solicitor general, the government’s chief attorney, for three years.”

If they object to his taking this case will he leave them too?

Ah the busy life of a professional ‘phobe!

Sing us out Laura.