On Friday U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick approved an agreement by the Attorney General’s Office to pay $300,000 in legal fees and costs to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for its role in the 2014 lawsuit challenging Arizona’s constitutional marriage discrimination. The state also will reimburse the group more than $2,000 in costs.

The state has already settled with a local attorney, Shawn Aiken, who filed a separate challenge. That was a $200,000 appetizer.

Whether or not the legal fees were worth it is not dependent upon the result. Even had they won, nobody would have really benefited except in the minds of a few Catholic Bishops and some Mormons. That is really what is shameful about this exercise in futility. The truly astonishing thing is that they want to do it all over again.

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.