Our friend Bill May writes today on the cowardly action of the law firm of King & Spalding and the dignified action of attorney Paul Clement, who is defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
"On April 17, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement was hired to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Within the week, Clement had been forced to resign from his law firm. This is just the latest example of the heavy-handed tactics of gay rights' groups in their effort to redefine marriage and stifle any dissent."
You'd think they would have learned something from Gavin "Whether ya like it or not!" Newsom, but apparently not. They're quickly reaching the status of "nobody likes them, not even their friends": see here, here, here, and here.
On February 23 I noted how little understanding of the common good is shown by same-sex activists:
"It is instructive to reflect on how the supporters of counterfeit "marriage" show time and again they have no concern for the right to self government nor for the common good of society.
William C. Duncan, noted this today, writing in The Corner:
"There is something about the marriage issue that provokes an “any means necessary” approach from its proponents (among whom I believe we can count the president, notwithstanding campaign rhetoric to the contrary)."
That's been the case right from the start, when Mayor Gavin Newsom unilaterally and in violation of the law decided to start issuing counterfeit "marriage" licenses.
It continued when opponents of Prop8 filed suit to have the measure removed from the ballot. Prop 8 went to the voters anyway.
It continued when then-Attorney General Jerry Brown changed the title of Proposition 8, in order to weaken support for it. Prop 8 won big despite the change.
It continued when Attorney General Brown refused to do his duty and defend Prop 8, passed by a significant majority of Californians.
It continued in Massachusetts when the state legislature refused to allow the people of the state to vote on a constitutional amendment defending marriage, despite the record number (170+000) of signatures.
This is self-interest denying the common good, and the right of the people to self-government."
Prediction: Paul Clement will win the DOMA case.
Meanwhile the attorneys defending Proposition 8 have taken the advice of Ed Whelan and have filed a motion asking that Judge Walker's ruling be vacated because he was in a long-term same-sex relationship while he was hearing the case.