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Virginia to pay $520K to attorneys in same-sex marriage case

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From left back row, Plaintiffs Carol Schall, Emily Schall-Townley, daughter of Schall and Townley and Mary Townley, Tim Bostic and Tony London on February 14, 2014, celebrating he ruling by federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen that Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Bill Tiernan, The Virginian-Pilot (AP)

NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia will pay $520,000 to the lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million.

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The law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will receive $459,000. Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock will receive $61,000.

Court papers show that attorneys logged 2,372 hours on the case. Their fees will be paid by the state Department of Treasury’s Division of Risk Management.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen declared Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last February. A federal appeals court upheld the decision, and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case.

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