Dear Marriage Supporter,
I need your help today.
Same-sex marriage advocates have launched yet another campaign of cultural intimidation—pressuring the nation's top law firms in an attempt to silence and marginalize those who would stand for marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Perhaps you've heard the news this morning—in response to protests from the Human Rights Campaign and others, the King & Spalding law firm has backed out of its contract to represent the U.S. House of Representatives in litigation over marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Gay marriage activists know that the outcome of the DOMA litigation will shape the future of marriage for the next decade or more. If we back down now, they will employ this sort of coordinated intimidation strategy again and again.
It's appalling that a major law firm would back down in the face of such obvious intimidation tactics. Even unpopular causes deserve representation (as John Adams explained in defending the British soldiers involved in the Boston massacre)—much less the shared beliefs of a majority of the American people on marriage!
But there's good news!
Former solicitor general Paul Clement, the King & Spalding partner who was handling the case, is determined to provide the representation that his firm has refused to offer, even to the point of resigning from his firm in order to do what he knows is right. Praise God for men of courage and conviction like Paul Clement!
Here's an excerpt from Clement's letter resigning from the firm:
"I resign out of the firmly-held belief that a representation should not be abandoned because the client's legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters. Defending unpopular clients is what lawyers do ... I recognized from the outset that this statute implicates very sensitive issues that prompt strong views on both sides. But having undertaken the representation, I believe there is no honorable course for me but to complete it."
Such blatant attempts by HRC and other gay marriage advocates to marginalize and silence the views of the American people are nothing short of despicable.
Please stand with us today to let King & Spalding know that they picked the wrong side when they turned their backs on marriage and the American people. Then help spread the word by sharing this message with your friends and family!
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage