Idaho Officials Approve Payment in Same-Sex Marriage Case
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Board of Examiners has approved spending about $34,500 from the state's Constitutional Defense Fund to pay attorney fees and court costs involving the state's losing legal battle over a ban on same-sex marriage.
The four-member board on Tuesday unanimously approved submitting the expenses to the Constitutional Defense Council for payment. The state has already paid $628,000 to attorneys for four lesbian couples who sued Idaho over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, plus another $53,000 paid to a private law firm hired to represent Idaho in the case. Idaho lost the federal lawsuit and subsequent appeals.
Members of the Board of Examiners are Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney and State Controller Brandon Woolf.