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Anti-LGBTQ Court Clerk Kim Davis Costing Kentucky Taxpayers $224,703 in Fees Per New Ruling

BuzzFeed.com civil rights and Department of Justice correspondent Dominic Holden said on Friday that a U.S. District Judge has found the state of Kentucky liable for $224,703 in fees thanks to Rowan County Court Clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The state will be required to reimburse the plaintiffs $2008.08 in fees and to pay their attorneys’ fees of $222,695.


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Holden noted that neither Davis herself nor Rowan County are being penalized in the ruling, but rather taxpayers who finance the state’s legal office and defense.


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Holden went on to say that Davis’ lawyers are engaging in “Olympic-level political spin” by trying to claim that this is a victory for Davis and validation of her decision to break the law in the name of her faith.

The ACLU released a statement commending the ruling, saying that it showed “”willful violations of individuals’ civil liberties” which will “not only be challenged” in cour but “will also prove costly.”

Judge Dunning’s full 50-page ruling is available to download here.