The growing power of homosexual fascism
Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson has an update at his blog, Legal Insurrection, about the homosexual lobby’s latest strong-arm tactic against supporters of the Defense of Marriage Act and traditional marriage:
Is There Now A Hostile Environment For Pro-Traditional Marriage Views At King & Spalding?
Here’s what liberal website Talking Points Memo wrote about the matter:
King & Spalding has withdrawn from representing the House of Representatives with regard to the Defense of Marriage Act. King & Spalding was hired after the Obama administration abruptly—and disingenuously—changed its legal position recently.
Update: TPM has a story about the wide range of pressures placed not only on King & Spalding, but also on clients of King & Spalding to pressure the firm to drop the case. The strategy was to try to hold other clients of King & Spalding responsible for the firm’s representation of the House, so another client—say Coca Cola—would see protests over the fact that it was using King & Spalding.
…. a series of public and behind-the-scenes developments made it clear that the firm [King & Spalding] would suffer recriminations for defending what many of its top clients and future recruits—not to mention gay rights advocates—consider to be an anti-gay law.
Any law firm that agrees to defend DOMA will “suffer recriminations.” Those “recriminations” will extend to the firm’s clients as well. I agree with one of the commenters at Legal Insurrection who wrote: “Despite the ‘10 midterms, I still sense that the US is teetering on the brink. When I see stories like this, one feels that the rot has penetrated deeply indeed.”
Sources with knowledge of the backlash confirm that one of King & Spalding’s top clients, Coca Cola, also based in Atlanta, directly intervened to press the firm to extricate itself from the case.
Sophia A. writes (April 25):
Read this and gasp. A private law firm was forced out of an important case because it offended gays. Do we live in BRA or GRA?
But is the headline correct? Seems to me that the defense of DOMA is better of with the gallant Mr. Clement defending it cleanly with a law firm that has his back, rather than as part of an indifferent defense mounted by guns for hire.
Nevertheless, resigning one’s position as partner of a top law firm is quite a sacrifice, for which Mr. Clement deserves admiration. In and of itself this is admirable. Now think: he will be dragged through the mud by gay rights groups for doing this. They will try to make his life hell. His family will suffer.
Sophia A. writes:
When you wrote “homosexual fascism,” even I thought that might be a tad exaggerated. But then I read (after I wrote to you ) about Coca Cola’s involvement in pressuring the law firm to drop out, and I realized it’s not an exaggeration at all. In fact what we are seeing is a creepy combination of fascism and capitalism. Is there a word for that? Fascist Capitalism? I know that Mussolini talked about “corporate fascism,” but that was a different concept entirely. In any case what we are now seeing is a horrifying combination of the power of a major company, pressured by a well-financed, greedy and unbalanced minority.
What to call this?
First of all, fascism, almost by definition, at least in its classical, Italian form, is a combination of something with capitalism. That something is aggressive, militaristic statism.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 26, 2011 04:12 PM | Send
I think we could call what we have now liberal fascism. And that has nothing to do with Jonah Goldberg’s book. Even when the man is not talking about bodily functions, to follow his ideas is to be led to a useless and frivolous place.