Yesterday, we highlighted the cowardly actions of the law firm of King and Spalding who, under the intimidation of the seemingly powerful same-sex lobby bailed on the U.S. House of Representatives defense of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Today, two more stories reveal both more details and salient warnings of things to come in the defense of marriage, as well as highlighting a major development in the legal defense of Proposition 8 in California.
First, Al Mohler in his characteristically wise way reports on more of the details involving King and Spalding’s refusing to take on an “unpopular” case and offers a warning:
Gay rights groups hailed the law firm’s decision. Activist groups such as the Human Rights Campaign had lobbied King & Spalding to drop the case. The Weekly Standard obtained copies of emails sent by the Human Rights Campaign to supporters that read, in part: “Later that day we announced the elements of our campaign to show King & Spalding’ hypocrisy for taking on Defense of DOMA while touting their pro-gay policies – including their 95% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. … In the meantime we also contacted many of the firm’s clients, LGBT student groups at top law schools and used social media to inform the public about K&S’s wrongheaded decision.”
The success of the group’s efforts to intimidate King & Spalding serves as a warning of things to come. This is the kind of intimidation that will be used against any organization or institution — or law firm — that takes a controversial case and opposes the agenda of the gay rights movement. Watch and be warned.
That includes you and me. While, at this point in my career, I’m quite used to have the sticks and stones lobbed my way in the defense of life, marriage, and religious freedom, you need to be prepared to be likewise bullied when you dare take such a gracious stand at the water cooler, at the local market, or even at church. It’s fair, I think, to believe that these efforts of intimidation will only increase in the coming years.
Second, lawyers in California who are defending Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, have filed a motion to vacate Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision that overturned the amendment passed by over 7 million Californians in 2008. (In legalese, to “vacate” an order means “to make as if it never happened, invalidate, overturn.”)
About Jeremy Dys
Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.