The high octane attorney Paul Clement quit King & Spalding. The Atlanta based law firm, which made news a few years ago by representing terrorists in Guantanamo Bay will no longer be representing the United States House of Representatives in defending the Defense of Marriage Act; amid pressure from gay rights advocates.
In the resignation letter to King & Spalding chairman Robert Hays, Clement says:
“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.”
The battle is far from over and issues like DOMA are not going to go away easily but gays and gay rights advocates will not be going away either.