Attorneys for plaintiffs in the federal
case that toppled gay marriage bans nationwide filed paperwork on
Friday seeking more than $1.1 million from the state of Ohio to pay
for legal fees stemming from the case.
Attorneys in the Obergefell v. Hodges case asked U.S.
District Court Timothy S. Black to order the state to reimburse them
$1,096,142.50 in attorney's fees and $51,360.12 in expenses. The
legal team is seeking an additional 50 percent beyond their fees and
expenses, the Cleveland
Plain Dealer reported.
The lawyers argue that the additional
costs are warranted because the case “resulted in a landmark
Supreme Court decision.”
“Obergefell changed the lives
of thousands of parents and their children throughout Ohio and the
entire country,” the brief states. “These extraordinary results
were achieved through the superior work” of the attorneys who
worked on the case.
The decision, handed down in June, said
that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.
Earlier this year, Indiana
announced that it paid more than $1.4 million in fees fighting
five federal court cases that challenged the state's restrictive