The Commonwealth has agreed to pay the legal fees of the couples who fought the state’s ban on same sex marriage to the sum of over a half million dollars.
The Associated Press is reporting The law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will receive $459,000 and Shuttleworth, Ruloff, Swain, Haddad & Morecock will receive $61,000 – with a grand total of $520,000 coming from the state.
“Because the plaintiffs prevailed in the Bostic marriage equality case, the law allows them to recover their legal costs,” said Michael Kelly, spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.
Kelly said the lawyers for the plaintiffs originally asked for $1.74 million in legal fees but instead settled on the $520K amount, or 70% of the original request.
Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was over turned just a little under a year ago by a judge in Norfolk, VA. Lawyers for the plaintiffs claim they spent a total of 2,372 hours building and fighting the case, factoring out to about $220 an hour.
The fees will come from the state Department of Treasury’s Division of Risk Management.