KENTUCKY: Federal Appeals Court Rules State Must Pay $224,000 In Fees Because Of Former Clerk Kim Davis

The Lexington Courier-Journal reports:

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling Friday requiring Kentucky to pay $224,000 in legal fees related to former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Davis was successfully sued by several couples in 2015 for refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling establishing a right to same-sex marriage. In 2017, a federal district judge held the couples suing Davis for marriage licenses clearly prevailed and that the state of Kentucky must pay their fees and costs.

But Gov. Matt Bevin’s lawyers argued in January that Davis should foot the legal bill, not the state. Bevin had once called Davis “an inspiration … to the children of America” and supported her as he ran for election.