Judge reduces legal fees claim in Wyoming same-sex marriage case

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has granted a request from the state of Wyoming to reduce how much the state must pay to lawyers who prevailed in the legal challenge that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled against Wyoming’s 100-year-old ban last fall. He ruled he had no choice once a federal appeals court in Denver legalized in cases out of Utah and Oklahoma.

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The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office had protested after the plaintiffs’ attorneys asked Skavdahl to order the state to pay over $92,000 in costs and fees. The state argued much of the legal work was unnecessary.

Skavdahl on Thursday entered an order reducing the state’s obligation to just under $59,000. He also ordered Laramie County to pay over $2,200.

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