Monday, July 24, 2017

State of Kentucky must pay nearly $225,000 in legal fees for Kim Davis case


BY JOHN CHEVES jcheves@herald-leader.com The couples who sued Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 for the right to be granted marriage licenses are entitled to nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs, and the state of Kentucky — not Davis herself or Rowan County — must pay them, a federal judge ruled Friday. Although Kentucky county clerks are elected at the county level, the Rowan County Fiscal Court had no influence over Davis’ decision in summer 2015 to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States by refusing to issue marriage licenses to anyone, U.S. District Judge David Bunning wrote in his decision. Therefore, it would be unfair to hold the county government responsible for her actions, Bunning wrote. By contrast, Bunning wrote, Davis’ authority to issue marriage licenses was awarded to her by the state government.

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