Coca Cola rumored to have urged King & Spalding to drop DOMABreaking News, Online Only Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Rest assured, LGBT presence is evident and welcomed throughout American corporations, large and small… but especially large. Like Coca Cola for example – one of King & Spalding’s largest clients.
That’s why it comes as no surprise to learn that King & Spalding dropped their defense of DOMA this week, knowing the connections of the law firm. The big-gun legal group reaches deep into corporate America, and it doesn’t get more American than Coca Cola – one of King & Spalding’s preferred clients, also Atlanta-based.
While the famous soda company declined a public statement neither confirming nor denying the story, it’s rumored they urged King & Spalding to drop DOMA. A spokesperson for America’s favorite cola brand pointed to the company’s long-standing allegiance with the LGBT community including support for equality and diversity.
The historical act of the law firm’s decision to ditch DOMA prompted Solicitor General Paul Clement, a high-profile partner to the firm, to resign from his post.
“It’s careless disregard for its responsibilities to the House in this constitutional matter,” Clement said in a public statement.
But it wasn’t just private pressure that sparked King & Spalding to drop DOMA like a hotcake. The pro-LGBT supporters at the Human Rights Campaign and Georgia Equality, the largest gay rights advocate in the state, planned an aggressive PR campaign against King & Spalding, perhaps marring the law firm’s squeaky-clean image.
In fact, a public event was scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, but was quickly cancelled after the law group rescinded from defending DOMA.
Just shortly after King & Spalding dismissed DOMA, it was quickly picked up by a Washington DC boutique law firm popularly known for its buttoned-up, conservative lawyers.
Live on the Coke side of life? Don’t mind if we do.
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