Abigail Ortiz, left, and Erika Alvarez, right, leave the Coconino County courthouse in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 after receiving a marriage license. Photo: Felicia Fonseca/AP
Zoe Tillman | The National Law Journal | December 17, 2015
The state of Arizona will pay $300,000 in legal fees after unsuccessfully defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and the recognition of couples legally married in other states.
The settlement—disclosed in court papers on Wednesday—is $30,000 less than the $330,000 in fees and costs that the plaintiffs’ lawyers claimed in court papers filed in October. Lead counsel Jennifer Pizer of Lambda Legal said in a phone interview that although the state “vigorously” opposed her clients’ claims, they ultimately took a “reasonable approach to resolving attorney fees.”
“It was recognized that we were circumspect in how we accounted for our time,” Pizer said. “We were modest in the request and there were a couple of litigation choices that the state made that contributed to the amount of work required on behalf of the couples.”