A Federal judge struck down Guam’s ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first US territory to legally recognise gay couples.
The tiny US territory of just over 150,000 people, welcomed same-sex marriage after Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood said the laws denying marriage rights to same-sex couples were unconstitutional, citing a previous decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Guam.
The case was filed by Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero last April after they were denied a marriage license.
“It’s a battle we shouldn’t have had to fight,” Aguero said. “I mean, it’s love and love must win, so we’re just grateful.”
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