LANSING – House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith issued a ruling validating more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan last March:

“I am very happy to see Judge Goldsmith make this ruling today. I’m proud that Ingham County issued licenses last March to these loving couples and was honored to witness some of these wedding ceremonies in person. Last year, I and a number of my colleagues introduced a resolution calling on the governor to recognize these legally married couples. It’s time for Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to stop wasting taxpayer money in an effort to defend discrimination. They should allow this ruling to stand and not seek an appeal. I celebrate this ruling with these couples and look forward to a Supreme Court decision in the coming months that will make marriage equality the law of the land.”