Federal judge strikes down Guam's gay marriage ban

Federal judge strikes down Guam's gay marriage ban

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - A federal judge has struck down Guam's ban on gay marriage, making it the first U.S. territory to recognize same-sex marriages.

The Pacific Daily News reports the decision from U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood takes effect at 8 a.m. Monday.

Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero filed the lawsuit in April after the 28-year-old women were denied a marriage license.

They claimed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco already legalized gay marriage, and Guam had to abide because it is in that court's jurisdiction.

The judge agreed, issuing his ruling shortly after the hearing on Friday morning local time.

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