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Governor weighs-in on same-sex marriage

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Named as a defendant in a complaint filed in federal court, Governor Eddie Calvo has lent his opinion on the matter of same-sex marriage. "I think the important thing is that again I have sworn an oath whatever my personal beliefs are I have to focus on again what I swore that oath to and that was following the laws of the United States - the laws of the United States applicable to Guam and the laws of Guam," said Governor Calvo.

It was on Monday that same-sex couple Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero took their case to the District Court of Guam, filing a suit against the vital statistics registrar of the Department of Public Health and Governor Calvo. The lesbian couple was denied the opportunity to apply for a marriage license when they tried to file for one last week instead they were told by Public Health that Guam's laws only allow for couples of the opposite sex to marry on island.

According to Governor Calvo, Public Health was just following the law. "So as far as I am concerned, I want to, and it is my desire to follow the law the laws of the land and I want to see my agencies follow the laws of the land - but right now we are at a point where there is a question as to a harmony of the laws and whether it is the local statutes federal laws or the Constitution," he stated.

And while he says GovGuam is following the law regarding the issue of same-sex marriage it is also being addressed nationally as cases are being heard in the 6th, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts, as well as the US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on whether same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right at the end of the month. "Of course, the 6th Circuit question is being put to the Supreme Court, and with that the Supreme Court has stated that an answer will come June 21," he stated.

Governor Calvo says it is up to the legal representatives to see how Guam can correlate local statues and regulations to be in line with federal law. "Again, I am not a lawyer," clarified Calvo. "I just came back from a trip to China for some of these states and some of these governments these lawsuits have been ongoing for years so it is now a matter of for me to sit down with our lawyers and get their input from my office as well as input from the Attorney General's Office to see. She is again the supreme law enforcement officer of the Government of Guam."

He says that the AG's Office must do its due diligence and get to the facts of what has occurred in the ninth circuit, this complaint and what is happening in other jurisdictions. "As far as I am concerned, I am going to sit down with our lawyers and also get the necessary information because there are areas that are extrajudicial that are more of an executive function and then I can make the right decisions, as well."
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