Tenn. AG says gay marriage lawyers billing too much

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A group of lawyers seeking $2.3 million for their work overturning Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage are overbilling taxpayers, according to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Slatery says they only deserve $1.1 million.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1Who1y6 ) that a court document unsealed last week shows Slatery arguing that lawyers who worked in other states involved in the historic civil rights case asked for less money.

The filing from the state says the legal team “ballooned to 19 attorneys, billing a total of nearly 6,000 hours.”

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger will determine the amount of fees the lawyers should receive.

The group argues that the large legal force was necessary because the state continued to defend the ban.