(NEWSER) – Attorneys who fought for the rights of same-sex couples around the country want taxpayers to know how much their lawmakers cost them by obstinately waging a losing battle against gay marriage, Al Jazeera America reports.

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling this summer, lawyers for the plaintiffs in multiple same-sex marriage cases—who mostly worked pro bono—are using a 1976 law that allows them to collect "reasonable attorney's fees" from local governments should they win their case. “Some of the tactics the state used were unnecessarily dragging out the time spent and the cost of the litigation. You have government officials who knew very well where this was headed and nonetheless defended these discriminatory laws," one lawyer tells Al Jazeera. “It’s the price governments pay for defending bigotry," says another.

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