Appeals court rules Kentucky must pay Kim Davis’s legal costs

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LOUISVILLE — The Sixth Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Kentucky must pay the legal fees related to from county clerk Kim Davis refusing to issue marriage licenses to LGBTQ couples, the Louisville Courier-Journal has reported.

In January, the state had argued that Davis was responsible for her own legal costs. The Courier-Journal reported that the three-judge appeals court upheld a district court’s decision that Kentucky had to pay the $224,000 in attorney fees and costs incurred by the couples.

In 2017, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that since the state was responsible for regulating marriage and that Davis was acting in her official capacity when she refused to issue the licenses, the state was on the hook for the costs.

The newspaper said that Davis lost reelection as Rowan County Clerk in November 2018 to a Democratic challenger.

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