King & Spalding to "Withdraw" From Defense of DOMA

Posted by Sean Bugg
April 25, 2011 10:16 AM |

[See Metro Weekly's full report from Chris Geidner: "King and Spalding Files Motion to Withdraw From DOMA Defense, Prompting Clement's Resignation."]

King and Spalding, the international law firm that had contracted with the House of Representatives Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court challenges, announced this morning that the firm plans to withdraw from the case.

Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding, said in a statement to Metro Weekly:

“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.”

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