Judge: State must pay legal fees in gay marriage case

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 4:54 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to pay more than $135,000 in legal fees for a couple who challenged the state ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the order filed Monday, Wilson must reimburse seven attorneys a total of $130,600 for 390 hours of work. That's $17,400 less than the lawyers requested. Judge Richard Gergel also awarded them the full $4,700 they sought in other court costs and fees.

Gergel called the hours spent on the case reasonable and necessary.

Colleen Condon and her partner, Nichols Bleckley, sued last fall to get a marriage license.

Gergel notes South Carolina was the only state in the 4th Circuit to still enforce its gay marriage ban after the court found a similar ban in Virginia unconstitutional.