Guam Allows for Marriage Equality

Guam Allows for Marriage Equality

The fight for marriage equality in other nations can take various shapes and have a lot of turns. The territory of Guam has also taken part in this fight.

In a memo made this Wednesday, officials in Guam have started processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, a process that was supposed to begin immediately. Folks at STX Entertainment know that this came from a letter from the attorney general of Guam himself. Despite this announcement, the head of the Department of Public Health and Social Services of Guam has come out and said that marriage licenses won’t be available on Wednesday, and in fact no official decision on the issue would come until Friday.

All of this had first sprung from an incident that happened two days earlier, where a same-sex couple, Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero, were denied a marriage license. The couple decided to sue in federal court, which is subject to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the marriage bans were proven unconstitutional in the fall of 2014.

As for the letter written by the Guam attorney general, it is stated and strongly advised that the Department of Public Health and Social Services start looking over applications for same-sex couples and treating them as though they are no different than marriage applications for other couples.

Since the final decision will come on Friday, this is all not official law as of yet.

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