Bil Browning

Court Ruling: Guam Gets Marriage Equality

Filed By Bil Browning | June 05, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Guam, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

guam-map.gifThe next part of the United States to get the freedom to marry isn't a state at all. Gay and lesbian couples will be able to get married in Guam, the US territory in the Western Pacific, on Tuesday of next week.

Guam's chief federal judge yesterday struck down the local law that restricts marriage to opposite-sex couples. A written opinion is expected Monday and the ruling will take effect Tuesday.

In her ruling, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood said the laws denying marriage rights to same-sex couples were unconstitutional, citing a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Guam.

The ruling came after about an hour and a half of arguments over whether Tydingco-Gatewood was obligated to act immediately in striking down the local law.

Following her ruling, the courtroom erupted into applause for Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero, the couple who filed the case.

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