Gay rights groups, such as the Human Rights Campaign and Georgia Equality, put significant pressure on King & Spalding about its decision to defend the anti-gay federal legislation. King & Spalding has a reputation of being gay-friendly, supporting gay causes and boasting on its website its dedication to diversity in hiring practices.
In the letter to Hays from NRA general counsel David Lehman, Lehman called the firm’s decision to back out of defending DOMA as “indefensible” but followed by stating the NRA’s decision was “not motivated by any position on the statute itself” because the NRA is a “single issue organization” — that of defending the Second Amendment.
NRA’s decision to fire King & Spalding comes on the heels of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli ending his office’s work with King & Spalding.
“King & Spalding’s willingness to drop a client, the U.S. House of Representatives, in connection with the lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was such an obsequious act of weakness that I feel compelled to end your legal association with Virginia so that there is no chance that one of my legal clients will be put in the embarrassing and difficult situation like the client you walked away from, the House of Representatives,” Cuccinelli said in a letter last week to the firm’s D.C. office. The letter was provided to The Washington Examiner.
h/t The Advocate