FL, KY to Pay Legal Fees in Gun, Gay Marriage Fights

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Florida has agreed to pay $1.1 million in legal fees to lawyers who sued the state over a 2011 law that barred doctors from talking to patients about gun ownership, reports the New York Times. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said Florida Gov. Rick Scott had approved the reimbursement to lawyers who represented doctors and medical organizations in the case, known as “Docs v. Glocks.” Scott and the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature pushed the restrictions through, becoming the first state to try to restrict the First Amendment rights of doctors to discuss guns and gun safety with their patients. In February, a federal appeals court overturned the law, siding with medical providers over the state’s powerful gun lobby.

Meanwhile, a federal judge in Kentucky has awarded $223,000 in fees to attorneys for same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in 2015 by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered the state to pay the fees, rather than Davis or Rowan County. The ACLU of Kentucky hailed the ruling, saying it should serve as a reminder to public officials in Kentucky of the cost of violating civil liberties.

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