SALT LAKE CITY — Four married same-sex couples who sued Utah for not granting them benefits are asking the court to make the state pay nearly $200,000 in attorney fees.
The Deseret News reports the Utah Attorney General’s Office considers the request unreasonable.
The fees were racked up by attorneys in a lawsuit that was filed after the state’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down in December, leading to more than 1,000 same-sex marriages.
A federal judge sided with the couples in May, and Utah appealed to a federal appeals court.
Utah has already spent $600,000 on outside attorneys brought in to defend the law.
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