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Same-sex couple on Guam challenge island's marriage laws

AP , Monday 13 Apr 2015
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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 sued Monday in U.S. District Court. The women, both 28, 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."

The couple's attorney, Bill Pesch, says his clients are hoping to get their case before a judge within a month.

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