Former Kentucky secretary must pay an additional $260,000 in gay marriage case

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The former Kentucky clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a gay couple must pay an additional $260,104 to the couple, a federal judge ruled last week.

David Ermold and David Moore sued former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 after she refused to issue the couple a marriage license because doing so would violate “God’s definition of marriage” and her religious beliefs as Christian.

The additional fees that Davis must pay are in addition to the 100,000 dollars Ermold and Moore were ordered to pay damages in September after losing the couple’s lawsuit.

Davis’s legal team argued that the fees proposed by the couple’s attorneys were too much, saying the fees should be reduced by more than 50 percent. U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sided with the couple and awarded them $246,026.40 in attorney fees and $14,058.30 in costs, according to to court documents published last week.

Bunning said the couple’s requested attorney fees were “reasonable” in his order.

“The plaintiffs not only prevailed, but obtained the desired result. They sought to vindicate their fundamental right to marry and obtain marriage licenses; and they did so,” Bunning said in the order.

Liberty Counsel, the law firm representing Davis, said in a press release They planned to file a motion this month “to reverse the jury verdict” from September that awarded the couple $50,000 each. The law firm said Bunning’s order allowed them to file a motion to reverse the jury’s ruling “because there was insufficient evidence to award plaintiffs monetary damages.”

“This case is far from over. Thanks to Kim Davis, every employee in Kentucky now has the freedom to serve as an elected official without compromising their religious beliefs and conscience,” Liberty Counsel founder and president Mat Staver said in a statement.

“This case has the potential to extend the same religious freedom protections beyond Kentucky and overturn Obergefell v. Hodges., which was decided wrongly and must be revoked,” he added.

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015 granted same-sex couples the right to marry.

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