Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Plaintiffs in Same-Sex Marriage Case Seek Court Costs

Posted By on Wed, May 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

click to enlarge Esteban Galan shows off his rainbow flag at a February demonstration against Idaho's same-sex marriage ban at the Ada County Courthouse. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Esteban Galan shows off his rainbow flag at a February demonstration against Idaho's same-sex marriage ban at the Ada County Courthouse.


Four couples who have sued Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter over Idaho's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage asked for their court costs—totaling about $467,000—to be reimbursed for expenses incurred during the lawsuit, the Associated Press reports. 

In the court filings, dated May 27, attorneys representing the four same-sex couples wrote, "This is a landmark decision that fully vindicated the Plaintiffs' critical constitutional rights, and it is in the vanguard of a wave of civil rights victories sweeping the country. Accordingly, Plaintiffs are entitled to fully recover the reasonable attorneys' fees that have been requested."

Idaho's constitutional ban on gay marriage was passed by voters in 2006. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale struck down the ban May 13, ruling that it violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples; but, at the request of Otter and other defendants in the case, a stay has been issued halting Dale's ruling until the an appeal is decided at the 9th Circuit Court in September.

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