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Idaho approves another $34K payment to winning side in gay marriage case

Idaho’s state Board of Examiners, which consists of the governor, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of State, has approved an additional payment of $34,502.70 to the attorneys who successfully represented four same-sex couples in their lawsuit challenging Idaho’s ban on gay marriage. That’s on top of the $628,554 the state already has paid in the case. The new payment reflects the costs of the state’s unsuccessful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The board approved the payment with no discussion today; its unanimous vote refers the bill to the state Constitutional Defense Fund for payment.

The attorneys had actually requested $38,442.50 for this portion of their costs and fees; after negotiations with the state, a settlement was reached for $34,000 plus $502.70 in court costs.

“In my office’s view, the terms of the settlement are fair, and may represent a savings to the state,” Deputy Attorney General W. Scott Zanzig wrote in a memo to the state controller’s office, which staffs the Board of Examiners. “There is no question that the plaintiffs prevailed in the Supreme Court proceedings.”

This brings the state’s total cost for the winning side’s legal costs and fees in the case to $663,056.63. 

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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