Texas Court Awards $600,000 Costs to Gay Couples Who Fought Same-Sex Marriage Ban: VIDEO
Two gay couples who fought to overturn the Texas state ban on same-sex marriage have been awarded more than $600,000 in attorney fees and costs.
On Tuesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Mark Phariss and husband Vic Holmes (above) and Cleopatra DeLeon and wife Nicole Dimetman.
The court warded their attorneys $585,470.30 in fees and $20,202.90 in other costs.
Law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld has pledged to use the funds for future pro bono work.
Phariss said: “We’re thrilled. It means that our attorneys finally get compensated for all of their hard work.”
However, he added it’s “a little bit sad that it was a waste of taxpayer dollars that could have gone to other things than to keep two people who love each other from getting married.”
Marc Rylander, spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General Ken Paxton, which led the case against same-sex marriage in the state, said he was “disappointed in the ruling” and considering next steps.
Watch a report on the decision to overturn the ban on gay marriage below.