The cost of defending Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage has reached into six figures.
According to the Department of Law, the state spent $103,231.78 through the end of October to defend Hamby v. Parnell, the lawsuit that overturned Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs, who brought the suit in May, have asked for $258,938.40 in fees from the state. Since the plaintiffs prevailed, they can appeal to court for reasonable fees and expenses. If awarded those fees, that could mean the state would pay upward of $361,000 in total.