Law firm backs out of defending federal Defense of Marriage Act
April 25th, 2011
01:04 PM ET
11 years ago

Law firm backs out of defending federal Defense of Marriage Act

Washington (CNN) - The private law firm hired by House Speaker John Boehner to represent the government in the federal Defense of Marriage Act has suddenly pulled out of the case.

The chairman of King & Spalding said Monday the firm's internal vetting for accepting representation was "inadequate."


Filed under: John Boehner • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
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  1. rs

    Ooops. Boehner saved the tax payers some money with this pick.

    April 25, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Smart move by the law firm.

    The law is indefensible and unconstitutional. Considering how the concept of "separate but equal" has also been declared unconstitutional, laws that "deny same-sex marriage but grant same sex unions" are just as unconstitutional.

    April 25, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If you respect the principles and issues that led to the founding of this country and the concept of seperation of church and state in our Democracy, then you will realize that you cannot legislate morality. You cannot allow majority vote to decide the rights of the minorty in a democracy, either.

    April 25, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Searambler

    While I can understand their desire not to try and defend the indefensible, I think they are wrong to back out of the lawsuit. Lawyers defend the guilty as well as the innocent all the time. It's their job. It's not like Boehner and Company will just 'forfeit' because they don't have a lawyer. Someone will step in and fill the job. This isn't really a victory for anyone.....

    April 25, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Tim

    And breached their ethical responsibilities. Just goes to show you that what they say about lawyers is correct.

    April 25, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    DOMA is unconstitutional and this firm apparently knows that. Discrimination by any other name is still discrimination. It is what it is.

    April 25, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. CSM

    WoW, the house repubulican'ts best attempt at job creation has failed. Oh my!

    April 25, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. OneMoreTime

    And where, exactly, did Boehner/Republicans come up with a half- million dollars to hire this firm? Is this part of their
    "jobs program"? They are selling us out again, guys, wasting taxpayer money on this mess while slashing and burning programs for real people with real needs.

    April 25, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    States are constitutionally mandated to recognize the laws of other states. Period.

    April 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    good now the GOP can focus on getting the American people all the JOBS they promised to get. And don't think because the unemployment rate is going down it's due to anything the Republicans have done,,,,,,,,,because it's NOT!

    April 25, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. greg in jax

    Very interesting. Hey Boehner, I heard the Phelps family are available and they hate queer too. Just like you.

    April 25, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |