Daryl Lapp, partner and co-chair of Edwards Wildman's
Litigation Department, commented on why the firm signed a brief pressing for DOMA to be overturned in The Guardian. In the article, "Supreme Court Gay Marriage Hearings: DOMA and Proposition 8 Go On Trial
," Lapp said, "Our law firm, like a lot of large employers, have got any number of gay employees who are legally married in states where we have operations and DOMA creates a real burden. It's very complicated to administer benefits when you've got people who are legally married under state law but not legally married under federal law. The second thing is just as a matter of employee relations. We feel that being forced to comply with DOMA makes us the face of discrimination relative to our employees. We want to treat our employees equally and yet here is this federal law that effectively requires us to treat people in different ways."