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Same-sex couples want Utah to pay attorney fees

Same-sex couples want Utah to pay attorney fees

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.

Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City.

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.

The state dropped that challenge in October after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to take appeals by Utah and four states trying to protect gay marriage bans.

Utah has already spent $600,000 on outside attorneys brought in to defend the law.

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