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Guam must pay legal fees in same-sex marriage case

17 March 2016, 16:02

Hagatna — A federal court judge has ordered the government of Guam to pay more than $85,000 in legal fees for a same-sex couple that sued Governor Eddie Calvo after they were denied a marriage application last year.

The Pacific Daily News reports that Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ordered the government Wednesday to pay the fees within 30 days.

Also read: Chileans get ready to celebrate first same-sex civil unions

Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan had sued to overturn the territory's ban on gay marriage after they were denied a marriage application in April. Their lawsuit had been based on the prevailing opinion from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which approved gay marriage in western U.S. states.

Tydingco-Gatewood ruled in favor of the couple in June 2015.

Guam lawmakers changed the law to allow same-sex couples to get married in August.

- AP


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