The state of Virginia has been ordered to pay $520,000 to the lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s gay marriage ban.
The law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will receive $459,000. Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock will receive $61,000.
Court papers show that attorneys logged 2,372 hours on the case. Their fees will be paid by the state Department of Treasury’s Division of Risk Management.
Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was found to be unconstitutional last February. After unsuccessful appeals and SCOTUS refusing to review the ruling, it was a done deal.
In many states, the winning side of a lawsuit may ask for compensatory fees from the losing side.
Hope the tax payers of Virginia don't mind losing those funds to a bigoted argument.
p.s. You will note, the sky has NOT fallen in Virginia since the passage of marriage equality.