June 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Guam same-sex marriage ban struck down

Guam, gay news, Washington Blade

A federal judge has struck down Guam’s same-sex marriage ban. (Image courtesy of NASA)

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.

“Today’s ruling is a resounding victory for our clients and vindication for their right to equal treatment under the law,” said Mitch Thompson, one of the lawyers representing Aguero and Pangelinan, in a press release that Lambda Legal issued after Tydingco-Gatewood issued her ruling.

Same-sex couples are currently able to legally tie the knot in 37 states and D.C.

Guam will become the first U.S. territory to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The U.S. Supreme Court later this month will issue its ruling in four cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in which same-sex couples are seeking marriage rights.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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