DOMA-Defending Law Firm Employees Targeted By Online Campaign
WASHINGTON — A progressive organization is targeting employees at the law firm King & Spalding with an online campaign aimed at preventing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) from using taxpayer money to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a case that one of King & Spalding’s partners has agreed to lead.
More than 31,000 individuals have signed a petition started by the grassroots organizing group CREDO Action objecting to House Republicans hiring King & Spalding partner Paul Clement, who previously served as President Bush’s solicitor general, to defend DOMA using public funds. The firm is poised to rake in up to $500,000 in taxpayer dollars to represent the House GOP, who would like the judiciary to uphold the law that defines federal marriage as being between one man and one woman.
“Speaker Boehner, stop using taxpayer money to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act,” reads the petition. “If you want to spend $500,000 to hire high-priced lawyers to stand on the wrong side of history, you should do so on your own dime.”