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Guam Marriage Equality Ban Struck Down

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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A federal judge has struck down a Guam law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Pacific Daily News reported that U.S. District Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood’s ruling will take effect on Monday at 8 a.m. local time (6 p.m. EST on Sunday.)

Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan filed a lawsuit against the marriage ban in April after the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services denied them a license that would allow them to tie the knot in the U.S. territory.

The Pacific Daily News reported that Aguero and Pangelinan plan to apply for a marriage license on Monday.

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Prop 8 Decision Gives Gay Community in Guam Hope

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. But gay and lesbian couples still have to wait before they can tie the knot. The ruling has the island’s gay and lesbian community optimistic that Guam may one day allow same-sex civil unions.

People outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco cheered and hugged after judges ruled California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Stuart Gafney, a supporter of same-sex marriage said, “I’m overjoyed. We already knew in our hearts it violated the law of love.” In a two-to-one decision the 9th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that Proposition 8 violates the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples by denying them the right to civil unions.

Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier have been fighting to over turn the ban, as the former said, “It is not OK to take something away from someone based on who they are.”

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Hawaii Gets Civil Unions; Will Guam Follow Suit?

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed same-sex civil unions legislation into law making Hawaii the seventh state to allow such unions. The gay community on Guam is with the action and many are hopeful that the island will follow suit soon after legislation failed to make it to session floor last year.

“It’s encouraging to Guam and I think the tide of sentiment throughout the nation is shifting and has shifted quite dramatically, really in the past five to tem years, noted Attorney Bill Pesch. He tells KUAM News that he’s optimistic that tide will hit the pacific sooner than later, especially with the historic repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. “I see that as the harbinger of major social change,” he continued, “because if you look at any of the major social changes in the United States over the past several decades, whether it be gender equality, racial equality, and now I think sexual preference and equality, the military really has always led the way.”

But even with the social mindset shifting, one major obstacle for the gay community especially locally has been the Catholic Church vehemently opposed to gay marriage or same sex civil unions. Even after Abercrombie signed the legislation into law, the Hawaii Catholic Conference expressed concerns that the passage of the legislation is a step toward legalizing same sex marriage.

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Guam: Head of Freedom to Marry Urges Island to Consider Marriage Equality

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Guam Gay MarriageWith several states on the mainland already affording same-sex couples equal rights to marriage, an American civil rights attorney is hoping Guam will do the same. Attorney Evan Wolfson, founder and executive director of Freedom to Marry, yesterday told local lawmakers there’s more to be done in America to achieve equal rights for same-sex couples.

Freedom to Marry is an organization that leads a campaign to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

Wolfson — who was co-counsel in the historic case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale — is working across the country to educate the public about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families, according to the organization’s website.

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