Agree with the above, and, to be fair, the choice posed in the thread title is a false one:
[quote]Gay groups have succeeded in getting a prominent law firm to withdraw from the pending "Defense of Marriage" lawsuit. Was this the right course of action or should the case be decided on the merits?[/quote]
The case will be decided on the merits no matter what, but there is nothing wrong with in pointing out that the "prominent law firm", which touts its GLBT diversity and also gagged its employees from advocating for the repeal of DOMA when it took this case, is making a profit on defending bigotry and in restricting its employees' personal advocacy. If the firm was so afraid of a few days of phone calls, then pointing it out would seem to be logical. It's not like we endangered the defense of the law in any way; we simply pointed out the hypocrisy and, well, reality of what the law firm was doing.