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Plaintiffs’ attorneys seek fees in Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. Brennan Linsley, AP

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop.

TULSA, Okla. — The attorneys for two lesbian couples who challenged Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex have requested that Tulsa County cover their legal fees.

The Tulsa World reports the attorneys asked Friday that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals compensate them for their work on the case. They said the request stems from a law that allows plaintiffs in civil rights cases who are successful in court to recover reasonable attorney fees.

The defending attorneys who represent the Tulsa County Court Clerk have until Aug. 18 to respond to the request.

On July 18, the court ruled 2-1 in favor of the couples. It determined the ban violated equal rights guaranteed through the Constitution. The ruling was put on hold.

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