The National Law Journal is reporting the State of Indiana has agreed to pay $655,000 in legal fees to the attorneys who fought the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court in Southern Indiana struck down the marriage ban in June of last year, saying it was unconstitutional. That decision was upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The NLJ says the state has paid $325,000 to Kirkland & Ellis and another $325,000 to Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. The settlement was received on March 9.
Attorney General Spokesman Bryan Corbin told the NLJ, “As state government’s lawyer, the Attorney General’s Office has a legal duty to defend the state laws passed by the people’s elected legislators—both in the trial court and on appeal—so long as a good-faith defense exists.”
Indiana did not hire any outside counsel to defend the statute.