Court orders Kentucky to foot legal bills for Kim Davis case

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Kim Davis Rowan County Clerk

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state of Kentucky must pay legal fees and court costs for the couples who sued Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Eight couples sued Davis in 2015 for refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling establishing a right of same-sex couples to marry.

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On Friday, a three-judge panel for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a ruling by a federal court judge, who said that the state of Kentucky must pay the $224,000 in attorney fees and costs incurred by the couples.

The state argued it should be Davis, not the state, paying the legal bill. But the panel says Kentucky’s state government regulates the administration of marriage licenses and therefore was responsible for Davis’conduct.

Davis lost her re-election bid as clerk last November.