DOMA: No Defense, No Excuse

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April 27, 2011

Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart writes: "Amid all the drama of the last few days with a law firm accepting then rejecting the ugly contract offered by the House leadership to defend DOMA in court, we should not lose sight of the real issues: First, DOMA is discriminatory, unconstitutional and indefensible. Second, House leaders are not only willing to spend taxpayers' money defending DOMA—they are also trying to silence debate.

"We can't be sure what led international law firm King & Spalding to withdraw from its agreement with House leadership to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Was it because they didn't want to be associated with defending a law that is so damaging to the LGBT community? Did they recognize that doing so would damage their ability to recruit talented lawyers as well as attract LGBT—friendly clients? Or was their change-of-heart driven by a slightly belated sense of justice? Whatever the reason, we are happy to welcome the firm back to the right side of history..."

Read more in the Huffington Post.