June 9, 2015 at 8:50 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Lesbian couple marries in Guam

Guam, gay news, Washington Blade

Guam on June 9, 2015, became the first U.S. territory to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. (Image courtesy of NASA)

Two women in Guam on Tuesday became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in a U.S. territory.

The Pacific Daily News reported Nikki Dismuke and Deasia Johnson exchanged vows on the Pacific island. Public Health Director James Gillan officiated the women’s wedding.

The Pacific Daily News reported that Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan — who filed a federal lawsuit against the island’s gay nuptials ban in April — were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license on Guam. The two women served as witnesses for Dismuke and Johnson’s wedding.

U.S. District Judge Frances Tydingo-Gatewood on June 5 struck down the territory’s law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

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

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

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