I hope it does reach the Supreme Court. I hope it gets smacked down hard. This is a precedent that needs setting.
And no, states don't have hands. The douchebags that run them, though, they have hands. And when they aren't wringing them while worrying about the opinions of their imaginary friend or clasping them uselessly in prayer, they do stupid shit like this.
To be fair, it's the county who is wasting the money. The state court ruled it unconstitutional and the county commissioners are going to go bitch to the fed courts. But it would be interesting to see how much tax money is going to the lawyers who are filing these appeals.