Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Defense of Marriage Act -#2871 - National Rifle Association Unloads on King and Spalding - Family Research Council (2) Navy Jumps Ship on Defense of Marriage Act - Family Research Council

"Coward for Hire" isn't exactly a slogan that attracts business--or, in King and Spalding's case, keeps it. Barely two weeks into the drama over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law firm that quit the suit has lost--not one, but two--high-profile clients. Yesterday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) joined the state of Virginia in firing K and S for walking out on its contract with the U.S. House of Representatives. The NRA's decision will rock the legal community, since King and Spalding had represented the gun lobby in last year's Supreme Court case, McDonald v. Chicago. Sources say the two sides had been negotiating a bigger role for the firm after it won the Second Amendment suit.   But, like Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the NRA has new doubts about the firm's credibility.  In a letter announcing the termination, NRA General Counsel David Lehman was clear. "...[W]e expect [outside counsel] to zealously advocate for our interests and not abandon the representation due to pressure from those who may disagree with us... Given your firm's recent conduct, we cannot continue to rely on King and Spalding to represent the NRA. Indeed, your decision only serves to embolden ideological organizations to protest the legal representation of other organizations with which they disagree, with the goal of freezing their opponents out of legal representation entirely. That, in turn, threatens the very principles on which our legal system is based."  Read more...........  AW: Don't forget the pressure Coca-Cola put on this law firm to back out of representing the House of Representatives in defending The Defense of Marriage Act, since the Obama Administration refused to withhold the law as passed.

Navy Jumps Ship on Defense of Marriage Act - Family Research Council -  -As part of last month's training on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, our troops learned how to respond if they saw two male Marines kissing. But what if those two Marines are kissing... at the altar? According to the U.S. Navy, that's okay too. Two weeks ago, the Office of Navy Chaplains shocked everyone by ordering their corps to toss the old training materials and replace them with a version that's more accepting of same-sex "marriage." Citing "additional legal review," the Navy says it "has concluded that... if the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then the base facilities may be used to celebrate the marriage... This is a change to previous training that stated same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property."  Read more.......

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