Tell Law Firm King & Spalding: Don't Defend Bigotry Against LGBT People
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Tell Law Firm King & Spalding: Don't Defend Bigotry Against LGBT People

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

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April 2011

Victory

U.S. Rep. John Boehner had tapped the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding to defend the constitutionality of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. Outraged about the decision of King & Spalding to take up this case, more than 1,500 Change.org members wrote the law firm, urging them to withdraw from the case. 

Change.org's petition was covered in Atlanta's LGBT publication, ProjectQ Atlanta, where it was announced that local activists would also be protesting the law firm. But in response to the outcry, the chairperson of King & Spalding, Robert Hays, announced that his firm would withdraw from the case. "I determined that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate. Ultimately I am responsible for any mistakes that occurred and apologize for the challenges this may have created," Hays said. 

King & Spalding is a major international law firm, with offices in more than a dozen cities around the globe. They proudly claim on their website that diversity is a major priority at the firm, and they single out LGBT issues on their website, saying that they value the contributions of LGBT employees and LGBT clients.

Yet if King & Spalding is so LGBT-friendly, why is a senior partner at the law firm working with U.S. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner to defend one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the entire country?

Paul Clement, a partner with King & Spalding, has been tapped by Rep. Boehner to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- a law that bars LGBT people in the United States from having their relationships recognized. This discriminatory law prevents LGBT couples from sharing in more than 1,100 benefits that straight married couples are able to access, and is also responsible for tearing binational couples apart. Is this type of blatant and unjust discrimination something that King & Spalding wants their name attached to?

History doesn't look kindly on law firms that defend bigoted laws. Does King & Spalding want to go down in history as the law firm that tried to keep LGBT people second class citizens in this country?

Demand that King & Spalding's Diversity Committee respond to Clement's decision to defend DOMA. They should condemn this decision, and in every way try to disassociate themselves from supporting such an immoral, unjust, and discriminatory law.

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    1. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Monumental success! Amanda Terkel at Huff Post writes that King & Spalding has decided to withdraw from defending DOMA in court -

    2. Reached 1 signatures
    3. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      LGBT activists to protest King & Spalding for taking up the defense of DOMA -

    4. Reached 1 signatures
    5. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      King & Spalding faces backlash over firm's legal support for the Defense of Marriage Act -

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      King & Spalding abandons their own non-discrimination policy to defend the Defense of Marriage Act -

    8. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      The Washington Blade notes that attorneys with King & Spalding will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend anti-gay discrimination -

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Outrageous. King & Spalding will be receiving $520 an hour in taxpayer money to defend discrimination against LGBT Americans -

    11. Reached 250 signatures
    12. King & Spalding: The Law Firm that Will Defend Anti-Gay Discrimination?

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Imagine if years from now, history books had this to say about your business: when discrimination needed a champion, "x" business was there to make sure anti-gay laws were defended.
      The law firm of King & Spalding better be careful, or this is...

    13. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Stenotech Inc. BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I and everyone associated with my court reporting company are disappointed beyond words at the decision of King & Spalding to provide advocacy for institutionalized discrimination.

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    • Suzanna van der Voort MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS
      • over 3 years ago

      Words are easy, BUT attitude is the most valuable proof of non-discrimination!

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    • Martin Bishop SIDCUP, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Please lsiten to public opinion, life is diverse, there is just you and me, him and her in what ever appearence we choose.

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      • over 3 years ago

      In From The Wilderness (She-R-Man), by, David E. Weekley/United Methodist Clergy

      The stories of transgender people reach back to the beginnings of recorded history. At this particular point in time the psychiatric, medical, and secular worlds are beginning to appreciate the authenticity of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, and Queer people. Sadly many Christian churches and denominations continue to oppress and vilify the LGTBQ community.. This is the story of a transgender man who has been an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church since 1984 and has quietly served his congregations for twenty-eight years before sharing his story and spiritual journey with his congregation, denomination, and the world. This is the story of a Transgender man, a Christian, an ordained minister, a loving husband and father~a human being. It is his challenge to his denomination and to all Christians and spiritual seekers to consider the truth of gender identity and sexual orientation as God given gifts.to be celebrated and embraced among all other gifts.

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      “Questions about whether a transgender pastor can have a successful ministry have been resoundingly answered in the affirmative in this story of three decades of effective and inspiring pastoral ministry, while keeping secret from the church and society his gender reassignment surgery.

      Remarkable~courageous~encouraging!”

      BISHOP CALVIN D. McCONNELL, Retired, Portland,OR

      “From the time David was appointed my pastor in the 1980’s, to the compelling revelation of his challenging circumstances, he has sustained his integrity, his courageous, creative, inclusive ministry and hope-filled spirit. His personal story offers liberation to others trapped, either in their bodies or in gender roles defined by society.”

      VELMA DUELL McCONNELL, Lay Pastoral Care, Portland, Oregon

      “David Weekley shares his wilderness journey in this warm and honest autobiography. In the wilderness(both past and present), David has encountered deep loneliness, powerful mentoring and friendship, unbearable pain, and profound joy. Through it all, he has journeyed with a courage that will inspire courage in his readers. As a teenager, David could not speak of himself as “I” but only as “i.” He gradually learned to honor himself and to form deep and honest relationships, which have shaped his powerful and compassionate ministry with others. Thank you, David!”

      MARY ELIZABETH MOORE, Boston University

      David E. Weekley is an ordained United Methodist clergy. He received his BA in Psychology from Cleveland State University in 1976 and entered seminary at Boston University School of Theology, where he earned the Master of Divinity degree in 1982. He has served churches in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference for twenty-nine years.

      His email is: shermantoday@comcast.net

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      This is us.....Please note...and do not defend bigotry and hate.

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    • Michael Steen URBANA, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      For Shame. Your Grandchildren will scratch their heads in confusion and shame when they read about your actions in their history classes. Ultimately, Karma wins out.

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