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AG Says Gay Marriage Lawyers Billing Too Much

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Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 19:37:37-05

A group of lawyers seeking $2.3 million for their work overturning Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage have been overbilling taxpayers, according to Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

Slatery said they only deserve $1.1 million.

According to reports, a court document unsealed last week showed 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 said the legal team "ballooned to 19 attorneys, billing a total of nearly 6,000 hours."

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger has set out to determine the amount of fees the lawyers should receive.

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