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Va. AG Severs Ties to King & Spalding for ‘Obsequious Act of Weakness’ on DOMA

Posted Apr 29, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The fallout continues over King & Spalding’s decision to take on, and then drop, the defense of the federal law banning recognition of gay marriages.

The latest news: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ended his office’s relationship with King & Spalding, citing the law firm’s “obsequious act of weakness” in its decision to drop its defense of the law, the Defense of Marriage Act. The Washington Examiner and Politico have the story.

The law firm’s decision led former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement to resign from the firm in protest so he could continue to represent his client, the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Washington Examiner quoted from Cuccinelli’s letter. "Virginia seeks firms of committment, courage, strength and toughness, and unfortunately, what the world has learned of King & Spalding, is that your firm utterly lacks such qualities,” Cuccinelli wrote.

King & Spalding spokesman Les Zuke told Politico he was not aware of the letter, but refused to make any additional comment.

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