The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit in 2014 challenging the ban on behalf of eight gay couples.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb invalidated the ban in June and the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld her ruling in September.
ACLU lawyers and other attorneys who worked behalf of the couples filed a motion with Crabb in December demanding $1.2 million in attorney fees.
The DOJ filed a brief Tuesday saying that the claim grossly exceeds the market rate for civil rights attorneys in Crabb’s jurisdiction and questioning the attorneys’ hours.
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