First same-sex couples marry in Guam
June 09, 2015
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.
Newlyweds Deasia Johnson and Nikki Dismuke-Johnson with 1st marriage certificate issued to a same-sex couple in Guam pic.twitter.com/sDcCvxnbta— Cameron Miculka (@CIMiculka) June 8, 2015
Aguero, Pangelinan pose with the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in Guam. pic.twitter.com/4bHCuqx0JY— Cameron Miculka (@CIMiculka) June 8, 2015