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While Governor Eddie Baza Calvo asks for the public's patience on the issue of marriage equality in Guam, Lambda Legal has issued a press release stating “Let us be clear: Every same–sex couple in the states that form part of the Ninth Circuit can marry and have been able to do so for months." The non-profit group is described as the largest legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. 

Last week, Governor Eddie Calvo asked for the public's patience as his legal team reviews Attorney General of Guam Elizabeth Barrett Anderson's legal memorandum that cleared the way for same gender couples to apply for marriage licenses in Guam. She based her opinion on an October 2014 opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that determined state bans on same sex marriages are unconstitutional. Despite the AG's legal opinion however, the Department of Public Health will not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in Guam, until Governor Calvo's legal team completes its legal review. 

Same-sex Guam couple Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero were denied an opportunity to apply for a marriage license two weeks ago. As a result they filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Guam challenging local marriage laws. According to a statement issued by Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan “There is no reason why same–sex couples in Guam cannot marry now. We fully support the suit brought by Ms. Aguero, Ms. Pangelinan, and their attorneys, and we urge Governor Calvo to reconsider his position. The people of Guam deserve better."

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