WASHINGTON , April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council ( FRC ) President Tony Perkins today commended former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement who resigned from the law firm of King & Spalding after the firm succumbed to attacks from homosexual groups and withdrew from the case. Paul Clement will continue to represent the House of Representatives and defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
"We commend Paul Clement for standing firm in the face of homosexual activists who seek to censor any opposition - even in the courtroom - to their campaign to overturn the marriage laws of 45 states.
"It is a shocking revelation that King & Spalding would rather lose their most brilliant and talented Supreme Court lawyer than confront a smear campaign by homosexual activists.
"In the American system, everyone is entitled to have a good lawyer to make the best constitutional arguments. This puts the court in the best position to reach the right result. In the case of DOMA, having very good aggressive lawyers on both sides is what will put the courts in the best position correctly to hold that DOMA is perfectly constitutional.
"The truth is not afraid of a good debate. What are homosexual activists afraid of? If they are right, then they should welcome a robust legal argument. We are convinced that the truth will win out in the end and DOMA will be upheld as constitutional. A person who doesn't want his opponent to have a good lawyer is an opponent who knows that the law isn't on his side.
"We call on President Obama and the U.S. Congress to denounce these unacceptable smear and silence tactics. The American people and our system of justice deserve better."