Engaged couples may soon be paying more to get hitched in California.
Lawmakers have approved a bill to raise marriage license fees to help fund domestic violence shelters.
The bill would give counties the choice of whether they want to increase the cost of marriage licenses by $10, a significant increase from the $23 it currently costs.
Lawmakers said the increase is needed more than ever because the governor has proposed taking $16 million set aside for domestic programs to help close the state's budget gap. However, It also may not hurt that the state -- if higher courts end up agreeing with a federal judge's decision that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional -- could become a destination for gay couples seeking to get married