HRC Urges Top Law Firms Not to Take up House Defense of DOMA
March 23, 2011 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Former HRC Director of Communications
Now that House Speaker John Boehner has announced that the House will intervene to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, one of the critical questions is who will represent the House? Capitol Hill sources have indicated that the House General Counsel's office may not be able to do the job adequately, so outside counsel may be brought it. Today HRC President Joe Solmonese sent a letter to the Am Law 200 -- the nation's top firms -- urging them not to take up the case. Noting that the legal sector has the largest number of top-scoring companies in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, Joe writes: "It is critical that your organization not undermine that laudable record by representing the House in its defense of this discriminatory and unconstitutional law, which denies loving gay and lesbian couples the fair and equal treatment that they deserve from their federal government." Read a full copy of the letter [pdf].
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