The state of Michigan may have lost $2 million in legal fees when it went up against same-sex marriage, according to the Detroit News. The state had a same-sex marriage ban.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse had a long-running federal lawsuit against the ban, which was recently settled. The case had dragged on for three years, according to Raw Story.
“This case was both rare and difficult because plaintiffs’ counsel were defending members of an historically unpopular minority,” attorneys Carole Stanyar and Dana Nessel wrote in the federal court ruling.
“Although public opinion has shifted considerably in the years that this case has been pending, when filed, a decided majority of the Michigan population were opposed to marriage by same-sex couples,” they wrote.
The price tag fees include payment for six lawyers, seven law clerks, multiple paralegals and experts from Boston, New York, San Francisco and Lansing, the Detroit News reports. The ruling comes almost exactly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision legalized the unions in all 50 states.