Judge orders former clerk who refused marriage licenses to pay $260,000 in fines and charges


Former county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, must pay a total of $260,104 in costs and expenses to attorneys who represented one pair, according to a federal judge’s order.

This is in addition to the $100,000 in damages awarded by the jury to the couple who sued the former Rowan County clerk.

Davis’ counsel argued that the attorneys’ fees and charges were excessive, but U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning disagreed and ordered Davis must pay because the men won their lawsuit, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Davis’ attorneys were likely to file an appeal.

Davis gained international prominence when she was temporarily imprisoned in 2015 for her refusal, which she justified by stating that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

She was only released after her staff issued licenses on her behalf while removing her name from the form. The state legislature of Kentucky later passed legislation eliminating the names of all county clerks from state marriage licenses.

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