Republicans agree to new contract with attorney to defend DOMA

House Republicans agreed to a new deal with attorney Paul Clement on Monday that would pay him $500,000 to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

The contract between Republicans on the House Administration Committee and Clement, an attorney for Bancroft PLLC, comes after Clement's old firm, King & Spalding, backed out of defending the law, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.

King & Spalding, which had initially agreed to represent House Republicans, withdrew from the case, saying "that the process used for vetting this engagement was inadequate." Clement resigned from the firm the same day and agreed to join Bancroft PLLC so he could follow through and defend the law. House Republicans immediately said they would hire Clement to defend DOMA.

The new contract is essentially identical to the King & Spalding one.

Republicans retained an outside lawyer to defend the law in response to President Obama's decision to order the Department of Justice to no longer defend DOMA.

Republicans charge that if Obama hadn't decided to stop defending the law, they wouldn't have had to take up the task and retain outside council.

Read the contract below:

Clement Bancroft PLLC contract