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Attorneys Representing Same-Sex Couple Ask State for Fees

Although the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage recently, there is still some unfinished business between the state of Michigan and the attorneys who worked on the case. The six attorneys who represented April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in the famous Supreme Court decision are asking that the state of Michigan now reimburse them for their legal fees, to the tune of almost $2 million. The lawyers were charging $350 per billable hour, which added up quickly over the course of four years.

The attorneys believe the state of Michigan put up a strong fight due to their “prejudice against gay and lesbian individuals,” and that one of the main reasons the case went to court was because the state falsely stated that it was proven that children raised by same-sex couples would be disadvantaged compared to those raised by opposite-sex couples.

The team stated that they had to sort through several decades of research and conduct many depositions in a short time period. Carole Stanyar worked on the case and had to sell her home so that she could afford to continue the case.