Ky. Couples Win Fees In License Row Despite Magistrate

Law360, New York (July 21, 2017, 7:31 PM EDT) -- Couples suing a Kentucky county clerk for refusing to give them marriage licenses as part of her protest against same-sex marriage are entitled to attorneys’ fees even though their case ended up getting dismissed, a Kentucky federal judge said Friday in shooting down a magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny fees.

While the couples’ suit was dismissed after the state government took clerks’ names off marriage licenses — and therefore settling Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ objection — they were still the prevailing party, U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning said. The couples had been fighting to get marriage licenses, which in...

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