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Antigay Va. AG Fires King & Spalding

Antigay Va. AG Fires King & Spalding


After the law firm of King & Spalding reversed their decision to help the U.S. House of Representatives defend DOMA, Virginia's homophobic attorney general fired the Atlanta firm from work they had with his state.

Calling King & Spalding's DOMA decision an "obsequious act of weakness," Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli wrote a letter to the firm informing them of the firing: "King & Spalding's willingness to drop a client, the U.S. House of Representatives, in connection with the lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act was such an obsequious act of weakness that I feel compelled to end your legal association with Virginia so that there is no chance that one of my legal clients will be put in the embarrassing and difficult situation like the client you walked away from, the House of Representatives."

The relationship was severed "effective immediately" -- Virginia had retained the Atlanta firm in 2009. Cuccinelli, who fought to remove sexual orientation protections from Virginia adoption laws, says that King & Spalding bowed to pressure from "groups" in their decision to drop the DOMA case.

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