Guam court approves same-sex marriage

2015-06-05 11:56
(Punit Paranjpe, AFP)

(Punit Paranjpe, AFP)

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Hagatna - A Guam court confirmed the legality of same-sex marriage in the Pacific US territory on Friday, ending months of confusion on the issue.

Federal court judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood handed down an order that from Tuesday, June 9, the Guam government would begin processing marriage licence applications from same-sex couples.

The move came after Guam's attorney-general said in April that a ban on gay marriage had been overturned.

However Governor Eddie Calvo, a long-time opponent of gay marriage, told civil servants at the time not to process same-sex applications, saying some legal issues needed to be clarified.

"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 statement on Friday, after the court ruling.

"Now that the court has ruled and the law has changed, let us move forward."

The issue came to a head after a lawsuit was filed earlier this year by Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero, two 28-year-olds in a long-term relationship who wanted to be married.

Officials had refused them a licence because Guam's marriage statute said matrimony could take place only "between a man and a woman".

"Love must win and we did," Aguero told reporters on the courthouse steps after Friday's ruling.

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