Alabama ordered to pay thousands for losing same-sex marriage case
The state of Alabama has been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs for losing a court case over same-sex marriage.
US district judge Callie Granade has ordered the Yellowhammer State to pay $315,000 in fees to lawyers who fought to ensure marriage equality comes to the state.
Most counties in the state now issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, but only after the US Supreme Court legalised equal marriage in 2015.
Prior to that, Alabama was one of the states to have a state constitutional amendment that banned equal marriage.
The Attorney General for the state has refused to comment on the case.
The money is to be split between groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center, which was one of the leading campaigners for equal marriage nationwide.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Donald Trump may be about to step back LGBT equality progress with an executive order that ‘protects’ religious freedom.