Kentucky to pay $1.1 million to lawyers in gay marriage case

A federal judge awarded a team of Kentucky attorneys more than $1 million for their role in the landmark United States Supreme Court case that struck down bans on same-sex marriage.
    
The state will have to pick up the $1.1 million tab.
    
In 2014, U.S. District Judge John Heyburn ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General Jack Conway refused to appeal. But former Gov. Steve Beshear hired outside attorneys to continue defending the ban.
    
The case, and others like it, made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which effectively legalized gay marriage last summer.
    
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson ordered Wednesday that the losing party, the state, will have to pay the fees and expenses for attorneys who fought successfully on behalf of Kentucky gay couples.

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