Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Constitutional lawyer resigns from law firm over pullout from DOMA "defense"

A constitutional lawyer, Paul D. Clement, resigned from his law firm King & Spalding after the firm announced it would pull out of defending the government’s position on the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Washington Times carried a front page news story Tuesday, by Cheryl  Wetztein here.

Mr. Clement denied that his personal views on the issue had any effect on his decision. He said that a trial lawyer’s career is predicated on defending the positions of others regardless of personal conviction. That’s certainly an interesting and controversial point for a writer like me.  

DOMA seems much more controversial today (to me, at least) than it did when President Clinton signed it in 1996 without that much pressure. 

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