Couple who defeated same-sex marriage ban will have legal fees paid

A couple who successfully defeated Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage will also have their legal fees paid for by the county clerk’s office that fought against their effort.

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin filed a lawsuit against Tulsa County and won in district court earlier this year. An appeal from the county made its way to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled this summer that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Same-sex couples were granted the right to marry on Oct. 6 when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the case this year.

The Circuit Court issued an order Monday that Tulsa County will have to pay the legal fees of Bishop and Baldwin, who were legally married this month. The Circuit Court said that District Judge Terence Kern, who ruled in favor of the couple earlier this year, should determine the amount to be paid by Tulsa County.

An attempt by another Oklahoma couple to recoup legal fees for a similar lawsuit was denied by the Circuit Court.

Ben Felder

Ben is an urban affairs reporter covering local government and education in Oklahoma City. He lives in OKC with his wife, Lori, and son, Satchel. Ben holds a masters in new media journalism from Full Sail University and is an OKC transplant from Kansas City, Mo. Twitter: @benfelder_okg

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