The Left, especially the LGBT advocacy group called the Human Rights Campaign, has been crowing about leaning on King & Spalding’s (K&S) clients, like Coca Cola(TM), who in turn pressured K&S to supposedly “do the right thing” and drop their representation of the House of Representatives in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases.
The lefty news site, TPMDC, specifically identified Coca Cola as one of the companies that complied and warned K&S that if they continued their representation of DOMA, Coca Cola would be unhappy.
Funny thing, though. When asked directly about whether the nation’s favorite soft drink producer had indeed urged K&S to “do the right thing,” TPMDC reports:
A Coca Cola spokesman declined to comment on or off the record for this story, but pointed TPM to the company’s long public history of support for equality and diversity.
Wait, what? No comment? Isn’t gay marriage supposed to be “on the right side of history?” The equivalent of the Civil Rights movement? Wouldn’t good old Coke be shouting its strong-arming of K&S from the rooftops if it believed it was “doing the right thing?” I checked its website for a news release, anything. Nada.
In fact, the Human Rights Campaign says it contacted other K&S clients to do the same thing. Where are the press releases from those companies touting their successful efforts to correct K&S’s “wrong side of history” representation? Anyone? Hello?
Because, of course, this sorry episode has nothing to do with “doing the right thing.” It is however, an exercise in political and financial power (bullying) by LGBT advocacy organizations and their allies. And to what end? K&S just got handed a public relations nightmare, as did Coke and every other client who gets “outed” over this debacle. DOMA will be ably defended by the best appellate lawyer in the country, Paul Clement. The change from a mega law firm to a small boutique firm won’t affect the lawyering, I can guarantee you. And the LGBT cause, which hopes to gain “suspect class” protection in the courts because it is allegedly “politically powerless,” has proven that it is anything but.
If this were a soccer match, I’d call that an “own goal.”