First same-sex couples marry in Guam

Today, Tuesday, June 9, the first marriages between same-sex couples began in Guam, following a ruling last week that struck down the U.S. territory's marriage ban.

On June 5, Friday of last week, U.S. District Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Guam, citing the 9th Circuit's previous decision on the question of marriage between same-sex couples. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood ruled from the bench following a hearing in the case Aguero et. al. v Calvo et. al. The case was brought by Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero in April after they tried to get a marriage license and were denied.

The ruling went into effect today, at 8 a.m. local time. Loretta and Kathleen were present, applying for a marriage license. Another couple, Deasia Johnson and Nikki Dismuke-Johnson, became the first same-sex couple who were issued a marriage license.

See more pictures from the first day of marriage here.