Alaska has spent over $100K defending same-sex marriage lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess found the gay-marriage ban violated the equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Staff and Wire Reports

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state of Alaska has spent more than $103,000 to defend a lawsuit that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

AlaskaThe Alaska Dispatch News reports the state said it spent $92,621.43 on attorney and paralegal costs from when the suit was filed through Oct. 31.

The state Department of Law also noted an additional $1,000 in other costs, and $9,600 to Washington, D.C., attorney S. Kyle Duncan, who worked with the state to appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Additionally, plaintiffs are seeking nearly $259,000 in legal fees from the state. If those fees are awarded, the cost to the state would total more than $360,000.

A federal judge in October ruled the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection.

After the appeals court lifted a temporary stay and the Supreme Court denied a review of the case, the state has asked federal appeals court panel for a review.

The state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples last month.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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