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King & Spalding Withdraws from DOMA Defense

The law firm that House Speaker John Boehner hired to defend DOMA in court has withdrawn, saying "the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate."  As we previously posted, King & Spalding had taken on the case to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

HRC President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:

“King & Spalding has rightly chosen to put principle above politics in dropping its involvement in the defense of this discriminatory and patently unconstitutional law.  We are pleased to see the firm has decided to stand on the right side of history and remain true to its core values. Speaker Boehner is likely to pursue continued defense of this odious law. However, law firms that value LGBT equality should remain committed to those values.”

DOMA denies over 1,000 rights and benefits to legally married same-sex couples, including social security survivor benefits, health care for spouses of government employees, or even the ability for spouses to be buried together in veteran’s cemeteries.  Additionally, same-sex couples do not receive any tax benefits from the ability to file jointly and aren’t exempt as other spouses are from rules that require you to sell off assets, including your own home, in order to qualify for federal assistance programs in times of grave illness.

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