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

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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Diversity Committee member
    Ralph Levy
  • Diversity Committee member
    Mason Stephenson
  • Diversity Committee member
    Ana Lesce
  • Diversity Committee member
    Steven Jones
  • Diversity Committee member
    Emily Leung
  • Diversity Committee member
    Robert Woo
  • Diversity Committee member
    Lisa Keyes
  • Diversity Committee member
    Margaret Brivanlou
  • Diversity Committee member
    Jennifer Fox Crisp
  • Diversity Committee member
    Caroline Abney
  • Diversity Committee member
    Chris Jackson
  • Diversity Committee Chair
    Samuel Matchett
  • Diversity Committee member
    Catherine O'Neil
  • Diversity Committee member
    Richard Cirillo
  • Diversity Committee member
    Alan Dial
  • Diversity Committee member
    Anne Cox
  • Diversity Committee member
    Tracie Renfroe
  • Diversity Committee member
    Josh O'Harra
  • Diversity Committee member
    Michael Egan
  • Diversity Committee member
    Graciela Rodriguez
  • Diversity Committee member
    Jaron Brown


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