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11/08/2011

NOM Exposed: HRC takes national law firm Foley & Lardner to task for its relationship with NOM, Cleta Mitchell

by Jeremy Hooper

Via Human Rights Campaign press release:

Nomexposed-14HRC today criticized the national law firm Foley & Lardner for making anti-LGBT arguments and lobbying for anti-LGBT legislation as part of its representation of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the nation’s leading organizations committed to discriminating against LGBT Americans.

In a letter sent today to Foley & Lardner chairman Jay O. Rothman, HRC President Joe Solmonese expressed disappointment with the firm’s recent engagement of NOM. In late October, one of the firm’s partners, Cleta Mitchell, registered as a lobbyist on behalf of the anti-LGBT group in Minnesota. Additionally, the firm submitted comments to a Minnesota state agency echoing NOM’s anti-LGBT rhetoric. In 2009, Foley & Lardner also represented Stand4Marriage DC, an organization formed for the sole purpose of discriminating against gays and lesbians wishing to marry in the District of Columbia, and helped spearhead its unsuccessful efforts to prevent marriage equality in the District.

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