The law firm King & Spalding abruptly withdrew from representing the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Many supporters of DOMA were stunned, but the law firm had, apparently, drawn more than enough fire only a week before for signing on to defend DOMA on behalf of the House Republicans.
The true story at King & Spalding is that an emotional implosion gutted the internal works of the powerful law firm. According to an insider, employees were “at each others’ throats” over the law firms decision to take on the Defense of Marriage Act.
There were raging bonfires, hellish shrieking, and wild streaking taking place within King & Spalding, and an environment that largely represents, on a microcosmic scale, the mayhem of Armageddon (coming October 21, 2011, by the way) is simply not good for business, or for getting work done.
“Management was divided, people were threatening to quit,” the source said. What reason did King & Spalding give for withdrawing from the case? Chairman Robert D. Hays said the “process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate.” Did Robert D. Hays say anything further on the matter? No, he did not elaborate.
Hays, and King & Spalding, didn’t realize their employees would show such gumption against taking on such a bigoted case. You will want to keep in mind, the gay rights revolution started on a very similar note, when a few trannies at Stonewall had had enough and viciously fought against a police raid in the summer of 1969. Before that, everybody thought they could push around trannies and queers and sexually disoriented people.
The gay people have a lot of power, and when they feel slighted, they will take up arms and fight. As they should. Pam Rymin, a litigation paralegal with another firm in Atlanta, Georgia, complained to King & Spalding’s Atlanta branch. Her complaint? The gay community might become incensed enough to publicly protest doing business with the company. “They are a large presence in the city and there is a large gay population here,” Rymin told The Georgia Voice. “They need to be held more accountable.”
This is not unlike the battle in San Diego where a specific Target store is suing an LGBT rights group over their canvassing on the sidewalks near the store. Target likes to donate wild sums, such as $150,000 to politicians who hate gay people, and their gay rights. Target supports dirty racist attempts to can gay rights, such as the Defense of Marriage Act. If you’re gay, you probably shouldn’t shop at Target because Target hates you and your gay rights.