HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - The governor of Guam says marriage license applications from same-sex couples will be accepted after a federal judge's decision made the island the first U.S. territory to recognize gay marriage.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood ruled after a hearing Friday local time.
Gov. Eddie Calvo had said making a decision when a ruling from the Supreme Court is expected this month is impractical. But he said in a news release after the ruling that "I have a solemn duty to uphold the law."
The decision goes into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, when gay couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.
It came after a couple who were denied a license sued in April. Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero said after the ruling that they were "delighted with the news."