He was the Washington, D.C.,-based attorney from the gay-friendly King & Spalding law firm who was ready to defend the Defense of Marriage Act for a group of Republicans in the House after President Barack Obama said the Justice Department was finished defending portions of the anti-gay law.
In his actual words, Clement said he was resigning to join a boutique firm because, “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 … I recognized from the outset that this statute implicate very sensitive issues that prompt strong views on both sides. But having undertaken the representation, I believe there is no honorable court for me but to complete it.”
Clement continues to represent the Republicans who want to prohibit same-sex couples from having equality. He’s also the guy who hates ObamaCare and argued on behalf of 26 states (including Georgia, y’all!) before the U.S. Supreme Court against this so-called socialist attempt at putting more government in the lives of the American people.
Like telling two people who are in love they can’t legally marry because, well, we made it a law, so that doesn’t really mean we’re making government intrude in your private lives, it’s just that we don’t like people who are different and want that to be part of the law of the land. Or something to that effect.
Good for you, Clement. I imagine you sleep quite well at night knowing you are talking out of both sides of your mouth. I mean, that’s got to be exhausting, right?