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Plaintiffs seek attorney’s fees in Wyoming same-sex marriage lawsuit

Plaintiffs seek attorney’s fees in Wyoming same-sex marriage lawsuit


CASPER, Wyo. — Plaintiffs who were successful in legalizing same-sex marriage in Wyoming are now seeking to recover nearly $95,000 in attorney’s fees and costs.

The Denver attorney who argued the case tells the Casper Star-Tribune that court rules allow plaintiffs to recover reasonable attorney’s fees when their constitutional rights have been violated.

In October 2014, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl struck down Wyoming’s 100-year-old ban on same-sex marriage.

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The plaintiffs’ attorneys notified the court of their fees last month. The state filed its response last week, arguing the fees are unreasonable because five to seven attorneys reviewed each pleading and some billed for travel to Wyoming but did not participate in the hearing.

The state wants Laramie County to pay half the costs because the county clerk was a co-defendant.

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