Gov. Bevin, Kentucky clerk at odds over attorneys’ fees

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Kim Davis Rowan County Clerk

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Outside attorneys for Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin say a former county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses because of her opposition to gay marriage broke the law and the state shouldn’t have to pay legal fees for people who sued her.

A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday about who should pay the lawyers for several gay and straight couples who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015.

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Bevin and Davis have asked the court not to award legal fees. But if they do, they disagree on who should pay. Davis’ attorneys argue she acted on behalf of the state.

Bevin’s in-house attorney Steve Pitt says the governor still supports Davis’ actions but believes Kentucky taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay the legal fees.