It's the new voluntary gay tax. The charge people for the licenses, then invalidate them. The state keeps the money to help offset the budget shortfall.
Actually, I think the courts will invalidate the licenses, as much as I wish they would be honored. I'm still trying to figure out if the polititions that are issuing them are doing this out of the kindness of their heart or hoping to use this to tap into the Gay/Lesbian voting pool years down the road. I mean, they know it is very likely that the courts will nullify the licenses, and that the court costs will be very high hurting the state further. And will leave a portion of the popultion feeling not only biased against, but robbed from also.
But there could be a valid plan. Let's say the licenses do get nullified, will there be a strong enough backlash to get samesex marriages legalized? I hope this is the case.
I find our Governer's anti-same-sex-marriages stance alarming. He supports civil unions, but as we learned during the segrigation era that "same but seperate" is not equal.