The high-priced law firm hired by House Speaker John Boehner to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is gay friendly.

After President Barack Obama announced he believes the law that bans federal recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional and instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend it in court, Boehner appointed and led a committee that instructed the House counsel to pickup where the administration had left off.

Paul Clement, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding, filed his first motion on behalf of the House on Monday.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, cheered the news.

“At last we have a legal eagle on this case who actually wants to win in court!” NOM President Brian Brown said in a statement. “Paul Clement is a genuinely distinguished lawyer, a former solicitor general of the United States, who we are confident will win this case. Thanks to Speaker Boehner's actions, President Obama's attempt to sabotage the legal defense of DOMA is not going to work.”

The law firm, however, is a far cry form the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the Christian conservative law firm most closely associated with defending anti-gay rights statutes.

King & Spalding's workplace policies ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the firm has extended benefits to the spouses of gay partners and employees.