The Commonwealth of Virginia will pay $520,000 to lawyers who
successfully challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Because this was a civil rights action under federal law, the
plaintiffs were entitled to ask the court to award attorney fees
and costs. States that unsuccessfully defended same-sex marriage
bans are
already on
the hook to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees
to challengers and millions more in fee requests are pending.

Nationally, in addition to more than $800,000 in fee awards and agreements on record so
far, more than $2.6 million in attorney fee requests are pending,
according to a National Law Journal review of federal trial court dockets. That sum does not include work on appellate litigation. The plaintiffs’ lawyers in Wolf v. Walker (Wisconsin) filed a request on Dec. 12 for $1.2 million in fees and costs.

Go ‘Bama! Perhaps Judge Moorewants to pay a potentially growing legal bill out of his own conservative Christian pockets. What do you say Roy?

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.