Saying their efforts had “an important effect on society,” 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.
The case – and others like it in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which effectively legalized marriage equality last summer.
Federal law mandates that losing parties in civil rights cases pay the winning side’s attorneys’ fees and expenses.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson applauded the team of attorneys who fought successfully on behalf of Kentucky gay couples.