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.
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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.