Gay rights groups on Friday cheered the Obama administration's decision to recognize the more than 300 marriage licenses Michigan issued to gay and lesbian couples during the 24-hour window when such unions were legal in the state. The announcement comes a day after Michigan officials said they would not recognize the marriage licenses issued by the state.

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Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, applauded Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement.

“Last week 300 committed and loving same-sex couples were legally wed in Michigan. As such they deserve the recognition and treatment that all other married couples receive. Attorney General Eric Holder has once again demonstrated his steadfast commitment to equality and upholding the core values of the U.S. Constitution by affirming federal recognition of these marriages,” Griffin said in a blog post.

Also cheering was Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry.

“The 300 loving couples in Michigan are as married as any couple on the planet. The Attorney General's decision today respects the legality – and the dignity – of their marriages. It's time for Michigan and other discriminating states to do right by all families, and get themselves on the right side of history,” Wolfson said in an emailed statement.