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Guam first US territory to recognize same-sex marriage

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HAGATNA, Guam (AP) -- Gay couples began applying for marriage licenses first thing Tuesday morning in Guam after it became the first U.S. territory to recognize same-sex marriage.

Couples lined up at the Office of Vital Statistics, where marriage licenses are issued, early Tuesday morning. Among them were 28-year-old Loretta M. Pangelinan and 29-year-old Kathleen M. Aguero.

It was their lawsuit challenging the territory's ban that led to the decision last week from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood, who said the prohibition was unconstitutional.

The judge gave the territory a few days to get everything in order to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Gay couples will be able to marry five days after applying for a license, but the waiting period can be waived.

Tydingco-Gatewood's decision comes the same month the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule whether gay marriage is constitutional.


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