“To anyone who has been at the forefront of the marriage fight, there is little new in the extraordinary effort to punish a whole law firm because HRC doesn’t like its client. Gay marriage advocates have again and again used class networks of power to attack individuals, livelihoods and whole business enterprises to make support for marriage so expensive that they can effectively silence opposition to their views. But this time it happened in full public view.
“In a truly Orwellian statement, HRC President Joe Solmonese praised King and Spalding’s decision to abandon a client under fire as an example of putting ‘principle above politics.’ Oh Joe, oh Joe. It’s important for all of us to remember that life for ordinary gay people can still be difficult, even as a powerhouse gay movement flexes its cultural, financial and behind-the-scenes political power to repress the rights of others to organize, speak, donate and now hire a lawyer to defend marriage. One thing is clear: This is not a movement that needs extraordinary intervention by the courts to protect its rights.” – NOM chairman Maggie Gallagher, writing for Yahoo News.