Alex Blaze

K&S Dropping DOMA's Defense Is Not Like a Death Row Inmate Going without a Lawyer

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 01, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Quote of the Day
Tags: Dale Carpenter, King & Spalding, law

"No serious case can be made that an institution as powerful as Congress has a right to the services of the biggest law firms and the most credentialed lawyers. The Defense of Marriage Act is not unpopular, and while Congress may be indebted, it is not indigent. A thornier question arises when a firm withdraws from a representation, though in this case the quick withdrawal evidently caused no harm to the client. More troubling is the possibility that a firm might quit because of outside economic pressure rather than principle, though it is unclear whether such pressure played a role in this case."

--Dale Carpenter on the recent finger-wagging from editorial boards and Andrew Sullivan over just how unjust it is King & Spalding dropped DOMA's defense

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Good Goddess!
Dale Carpenter on the side of the Angels for once..

You know, it's perfectly fine within our Constitutional jurisprudence to say "God Hates Fags" -- an absolute First Amendment right even. And it's perfectly fine for anyone public or private, even on the hustings, to say gays are "Evil," "dysfunctional," "a threat to society," a "danger to family" and any other calumny too many to list here. And Tony Perkins of the FRC goes around telling the nation we're "Domestic Terrorists." And all of this against us is free speech, protected and to be cherished as adding to the public discourse, as Justice Breyer opined in Snyder/Westboro.

And so it strikes me that gay folks have also an inalienable First Amendment right to make holy hell against anyone who would defend this law. (And a 2nd Amendment right to self-defense, too.)

It's too bad, heteros; it's what you wanted - absolute free speech. If you can speak against us, we can speak for us -- and against anyone against us. And if people change their minds, as King & Spalding did, oh well, too bad. It's just the public discourse moving along in the right direction.