Court: Texas owes $600000 after losing gay-marriage case

Couples Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage at an LBJ Library news conference

Court: Texas owes $600000 after losing gay-marriage case

"It also carefully considered the state's many objections", the ruling states.

Affirming a lower court ruling on the fees, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week shot down Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's challenge to the award amount granted to two same-sex couples who had sued the state.

A three-judge panel found that the district court "acted well within its discretion" with its award of $585,470 in attorney's fees and $20,200 in costs.

The money will be paid to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, which said it would use the funds for pro bono work.

Phariss and Holmes and De Leon and Dimetman filed suit in November 2013 in federal court challenging the constitutionality of Texas' constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, which had been passed by voters in 2005.

But the state conceded the case that summer after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 ruled that same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution. That decision was appealed to the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, which failed to issue a decision prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v.

Now Texas is learning how much the stubbornness of it's Attorney General will cost the taxpayers of the Lone Star State.

Judge Garcia's ruling came during the reign of Rick Perry as Texas governor and Greg Abbott as Texas attorney general.

A spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was "disappointed in the ruling" and considering next steps, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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