This morning, former Solicitor General Paul Clement resigned from the law firm of King and Spalding after it caved in to pressure from activists and dropped its contract with the House of Representatives to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. We had reported earlier on the House of Representatives hiring Paul Clement and King and Spaulding to defend DOMA here. The House was forced to step in to defend DOMA after President Obama and the Department of Justice announced that they would no longer defend DOMA in court.
Although Clement has left the law firm, he will continue to defend federal DOMA. Ed Whelan has weighed in with some excellent commentary here. It is appalling that King and Spalding would capitulate to the brute ideological pressure of those who seek to redefine marriage. DOMA is sound public policy, and there are many grounds on which to defend DOMA as constitutional.