Guam becomes first US territory to recognize gay marriage

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson directed officials in April to process gay couples’ marriage license applications based on the 9th Circuit decision, but they refused with support from the governor.She appointed an attorney to represent Calvo and the Office of Vital Statistics registrar because they didn’t agree on the lawsuit.“Equality under our Constitution prevailed today,” Barrett-Anderson said after the ruling.Attorney Michael Phillips, who represented Calvo and Territorial Registrar Carolyn Garrido, said the officials are going to comply with the ruling.“It’s probably the only case in history where you have a decision one way or another and then a final decision coming within weeks — literally within weeks,” Phillips said, referring to the expected Supreme Court ruling.Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron said in a statement that the change “is not only a defeat for Christian principles, but a defeat for our island and the whole of humanity.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A federal judge’s ruling has made Guam the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage, leading the governor who opposed the weddings to declare that the island will accept marriage license applications from same-sex couples.U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood issued the decision to a packed courtroom after a hearing Friday local time, saying the territory’s ban violated a gay couple’s constitutional rights to equal protection under the law. The ruling goes into effect Tuesday morning, when same-sex couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.Gov. Eddie Calvo previously said a decision was impractical when the Supreme Court was expected to rule on the issue this month. But he said after the District Court ruling that “I have a solemn duty to uphold the law.”“To the proponents and opponents alike, I ask that we all come together despite our differences of opinion, united in our common love of Guam and of each other,” Calvo said in a news release.The ruling came after Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero sued in April after they were denied a marriage license.“We are delighted with the news,” Aguero said in a news release. “Actually, we’ve been waiting for nearly eight years to marry. We’re so happy that the time has finally come.”The women plan to wed June 20, said their attorney, R. Todd Thompson.They based their lawsuit on a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year in favor of same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Court of Guam falls under the 9th Circuit.Attorneys for the Guam plaintiffs had argued the territory must fall in line with the 9th Circuit decision and accept marriage license applications unless the U.S. Supreme Court rules otherwise. Currently, gay couples can marry in 36 states, the District of Columbia and now, Guam. Sponsored Stories ErrorOK ErrorOK FILE – This April 8, 2015 file photo Loretta M. Pangelinan, 28, right, holds the application for a marriage license that she and her fiancee, Kathleen M. Aguero, 28, will turn in at the Office of Vital Statistics in the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services. A federal judge in Guam is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, June 5, 2015 in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. territory’s same-sex marriage ban. If Guam allows gay marriage, it would be the first U.S. territory to do so. Pangelinan and Aguero filed the lawsuit in April after the women were denied a marriage license. (AP Photo/Grace O. Garces Bordallo, File) Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img

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