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Atlanta firm ends work on gay-marriage ban


ATLANTA --- A prominent law firm hired by Republican lawmakers to defend the federal ban on gay marriage said Monday it was withdrawing from the case amid criticism by advocacy groups, prompting the partner leading the work to quit.

The move by Atlanta-based King & Spalding is the latest flashpoint in the public debate over gay marriage. Chairman Robert Hays Jr. said the firm chose to remove itself from the controversy after determining that the decision to take the case wasn't vetted properly, but gay-advocacy groups had also been pressuring the 800-lawyer company with plans for a protest today in Atlanta.

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IN A LETTER OBTAINED by The Associated Press, the U.S. Education Department said it will forgive more than $9.4 million in debt if Morris Brown College pays the remaining $500,000. The deal would help the school overcome a hurdle in regaining accreditation.