Texas gay couple settles suit over marriage license denial

Joe Stapleton and Jim Cato

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Joe Stapleton and Jim Cato

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a gay couple who sued a Texas county clerk who denied them a marriage license on religious grounds have announced they’ve reached a settlement of the lawsuit.

In a statement, attorneys for Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton said Monday that they’ve settled their federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang for what they’ve spent in attorneys’ fees — almost $44,000.

Hood County Attorney Lori Kaspar referred requests for comment to the county’s special attorney, Grant Blaies of Fort Worth, Texas, who didn’t return messages.

Cato and Stapleton filed the lawsuit July 6 after they’d been refused a marriage license for almost a week after the Supreme Court recognized the right of gay couples to marry.

The couple was granted a license the day they filed their lawsuit.

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