Appeals court upholds ruling on fees in gay marriage case

Federal appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the state of Kentucky must pay $224,000 in legal expenses stemming from a former county clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Federal appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the state of Kentucky must pay $224,000 in legal expenses stemming from a former county clerk's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

News outlets report a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Friday upheld a 2017 ruling that the state must pay attorney fees and costs incurred by same-sex couples who sued.

The lower court ruling said the state should pay because it's primarily responsible for regulating marriage.