King and Spalding Chairman Robert D. Hayes released a statement this morning announcing that his firm and lead attorney on the case, Paul Clement, will no longer be serving as John Boehner’s legal counsel in the case defending (the indefensible) 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. 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.
This is gigantic news! King and Spalding, a firm that devotes much of its web presence to its LGBT rights commitment, was to receive a reported $500,000 defending the homophobic and discriminatory DOMA before the Supreme Court. Paul Clement was handpicked by John Boehner for the role, even as report after report showed that the majority of Americans are now in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
This is a big win for us. There is homophobic egg all over Speaker Boehner’s face this morning. The country has no interest in defending this unconstitutional law, and now his attorney’s do not either. We’ll keep you posted on how he proceeds from here.