Same-sex cou­ple chal­lenge mar­riage law in US ter­ri­tory

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A les­bian cou­ple on Guam has filed a legal chal­lenge to the ter­ri­tory’s mar­riage laws af­ter they were barred from sub­mit­ting a li­cense to wed.

Loretta M. Pan­geli­nan and Kath­leen M. Aguero filed their law­suit Mon­day in the U.S. Dis­trict Court.

The women, both 28, say they have been to­gether nine years and have three foster chil­dren.

They launched their legal battle af­ter a failed at­tempt to file an ap­pli­ca­tion for a mar­riage li­cense ear­lier this month.

Their com­plaint says they are chal­leng­ing “the dis­crim­i­na­tory de­nial of their free­dom to marry in the Ter­ri­tory of Guam.”

Guam At­tor­ney Gen­eral El­iz­a­beth Bar­rett-An­der­son, pre­dict­ing the U.S. Supreme Court would soon de­cide the is­sue for the coun­try, said last week that “upon that de­ci­sion, Guam will abide.”

At­tor­ney Bill Pesch says his clients are hop­ing to get their case be­fore a judge within a month.

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