AL.com reports that fighting gay marriage and adoption rights in Alabama might cost the state $200,000 in reimbursed legal fees. Cari Searcy’s legal team is seeking reimbursement after a lengthy legal battle over adoption rights beginning in Mobile, AL.
David Kennedy and Christine Hernandez filed a motion on Monday in U.S. District Court in Mobile seeking $99,175 and $98,535. Kennedy told AL.com that it would be up to U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade to approve the payout.
“There’s precedent all over the country for it,” Kennedy said. “Near about any time someone makes a constitutional challenge in terms of challenging whether the law itself is constitutional or not, the federal law allows for recovery of attorney fees if you’re successful.”
Make that $400,000…
AL.com reported in June that Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis has employed a half-dozen lawyers and spent more than $200,000 on same-sex marriage litigation while the office navigated conflicting orders from a federal judge and Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.
The actual price tag for the Alabama’s Discriminatory policies isn’t clear. What is clear is that the decision to deny same-sex marriage will cost taxpayers in the most embattled states heavily. The attack on same-sex marriage is now over and unfortunately we all have to pay for the discrimination of our state.