Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has asked a federal judge not to pay the legal fees of the couples who sued her.
Attorneys for the couples are asking to recoup their $233,000 in legal fees from Davis, whose lawyer, in turn, asked U.S. District Judge David Bunning to deny their requests.
Last year, Davis went to jail for five days for not issuing the licenses, which she refused to do on religious grounds. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court and Davis lost. However, the Kentucky legislature made the concession to remove the names of county clerks on licenses, which Davis commended.
In August, Judge Bunning dismissed three couples’ civil cases against Davis, but the couples’ lawyers maintain that Davis’ actions forced them to take the case all the way to SCOTUS, which was costly.
Rowan County, for its part, said that no matter what’s decided, it doesn’t want to be responsible for the fees, since Davis acted on her own volition.
H/T LGBTQ Nation