Guam rejects lesbian couple's marriage license application

by Grace Garces Bordallo
The Associated Press

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Guam is rejecting a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory.

A Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services clerk on Wednesday refused to accept an application filed by Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero.

Department Director James Gillan says under Guam law, a marriage license is only issued to a couple of the opposite sex.

Pangelinan and Aguero have been in a relationship for more than nine years. Their attorney R. Todd Thompson says they plan to take their case to federal court.

Of the five U.S. Pacific and Caribbean territories, only Puerto Rico has faced a lawsuit seeking marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Guam is 1,500 miles south of Tokyo and 3,700 southwest of Hawaii.

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