5 Jun 2015

Guam legalises same-sex marriage

4:51 pm on 5 June 2015

Guam has become the first US territory to legalise same-sex marriage.

Guam, same-sex marriage

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Today the District Court of Guam has ruled that two women must be allowed to wed.

Earlier in the year the couple launched legal action after being refused a marriage licence.

Despite the Attorney-General saying a licence should be issued the Governor opposed the move asking for a stay until a similar case is resolved by the US Supreme Court this month.

However the District Court followed precedence set by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and has said from next week same sex couples must be allowed to marry.

The lawyer for the Guam couple likely to be the first same-sex couple to marry in the Pacific says he is proud the island has recognised marriage equality.

Todd Thompson says the couple are elated that the decision was made before the Supreme Court ruling due in three weeks.

"We don't know what's going to happen. We are hopeful that the US Supreme Court will make marriage equality everywhere but at least Guam is proud today that we adopted marriage equailty here on our own."