Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal in Guam

Guam Same Sex Marriage
In this April 11, 2015, photo, Loretta M. Pangelinan, left, and Kathleen M. Aguero, pose for a photo in front of the U.S. District Court in Hagatna, Guam. Photo: Grace Garces Bordallo/� Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

If your state still doesn’t allow gay marriage, it’s now fallen behind 36 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. The Pacific island became the first U.S. territory to allow same-sex marriage on Friday morning when a judge struck down a law that restricts marriage to one man and one woman. The case was filed in April by Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero, who have been together for nine years and have three foster children. Gay couples in Guam can begin filing for marriage licenses on Tuesday, and the plaintiffs plan to be among the first in line. “It’s a battle we shouldn’t have had to fight,” Aguero said. “I mean, it’s love and love must win, so we’re just grateful.”