LANSING – State Representative Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) introduced a resolution in the State House today calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to recognize the more than 300 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Michigan this past weekend. The licenses were legally issued after a federal judge declared Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The resolution also calls on the governor to instruct Attorney General Bill Schuette to withdraw his motion for a stay and appeal of the ruling.
“Gov. Snyder has refused to take a stance saying he’s focused on ‘jobs and kids.’ But making our state more welcoming is an opportunity for economic development. Recognizing marriage equality makes Michigan a more attractive place to do business,” said Rep. Singh. “The governor’s record on children is questionable at best, with an increase to children living in poverty under his administration. He finally has an opportunity to do something positive for children – provide stable homes where the child has a legal relationship with both parents – and yet he remains silent. I call on Gov. Snyder to show leadership and recognize the constitutional rights of these citizens.”
Following the ruling of U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman late Friday afternoon, four county clerks legally issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Saturday. Approximately 24 hours after the initial ruling, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay in the decision until the court can consider motions from the state on Wednesday, March 25th.
“These loving couples have waited years, even decades, to have their relationships formally recognized by the state. All Michigan citizens deserve the opportunity to declare their life-long love and commitment through marriage,” continued Singh. “The Attorney General’s request for a stay has turned a day of love and joy into one of confusion and frustration. Michigan citizens should not have to wait any longer for equal treatment.”