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Firm hired by GOP ends work on gay marriage ban

By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press

April 25, 2011

A law firm hired by Republican lawmakers is dropping its work defending the federal gay marriage ban amid criticism by advocacy groups.

King & Spalding chairman Robert Hays Jr. said Monday that the Atlanta-based firm had filed a motion to withdraw from its involvement in fighting challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The Republican leadership of the U.S. House had retained one of the firm's lawyers after the Obama administration directed the U.S. Justice Department to stop defending the law in court.

Hays said the firm didn't properly vet the engagement and apologized for the decision.

The Human Rights Campaign and several gay rights groups had planned a news conference Tuesday to protest the firm's involvement in the case.

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