Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration has paid $195,400 to a private law firm to defend the state’s gay marriage ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused to do so. Records obtained under the state open records act show the Ashland firm hired by Beshear submitted bills for 1,659 hours through March 31, a month before gay marriage cases from Kentucky and three other states were argued at the U.S. Supreme Court. That means additional bills are certain.
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