Attorneys seek $1.1 million-plus in gay marriage legal fees

Jim Obergefell speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony.

Jim Obergefell speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony. Matt Rourke, AP

Jim Obergefell speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony.Matt Rourke, AP

Jim Obergefell speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony.

CINCINNATI — Attorneys who brought the Ohio lawsuit that led to a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage want a judge to approve their request for more than $1 million in legal fees and expenses from the state.

The attorneys say the request is reasonable because of the difficulty of the case and the importance of the issue. They also argued in a filing Friday for a court-ordered 50 percent enhancement of their $1.1 million request.

The lawyers say such an enhancement is permissible because their work resulted in a landmark court decision and the attorneys took on a difficult and unpopular case.

The Cincinnati lawyers represented James Obergefell (OH’-burk-uh-fel), who sued Ohio’s health director for refusing to list him as the surviving spouse on his husband’s death certificate.

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