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
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?