Republican lawmakers hired the prestigious law firm King & Spalding, based in Atlanta, to represent them in upholding the federal ban on gay marriage under the Defense of Marriage Act. However, due to protests from advocacy groups, the firm has announced it is withdrawing from the case.
The decision to withdraw prompted the partner leading the work on the case, Paul Clement, to resign. Paul Clement said he will continue the work from another law office. Clement had been retained by House Republican leaders after President Barack Obama ordered the Justice Department in February to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act.