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Governor to give District Court his position on same-sex marriage

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As the United States Supreme Court hears arguments on the issue of marriage equality, Governor Eddie Calvo shares he is interested to see how things progress as he believes it will resolve the issues here on island. "With the Supreme Court answering questions that are directly related to some of the questions brought forward here in Guam, I do believe that come June there will be resolution," Calvo announced.    

The island's chief executive says that should the highest court in the land rule to uphold the traditional sense of marriage, then Guam will remain status quo on the issue - unless lawmakers and the people of Guam move toward another direction with regard to local statute. And if the Supreme Court rules it is a fundamental right, then Guam will follow.

But in the meantime, he says he will be giving his answer next week when he files his response to a case currently before the District Court of Guam, noting, "No matter what my beliefs are, my personal beliefs, I raised my right hand, to uphold the laws of the United States, the laws of the United States applicable to Guam, and the laws of Guam. And right now we are in compliance with local law."

Governor Calvo has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by Kathleen Aguero and Lorreta Pangelinan. The same-sex couple filed suit after being denied an opportunity to file for a marriage application at the Department of Public Health. Since marriage equality has been thrust into the spotlight the governor has received criticism by the local LGBT community and nationally by groups such as Lambda. However, the governor has remained steadfast in asking the public for patience, insisting, "I think it's important, it's a very critical issue, it's an important issue that's not only being addressed here in Guam but in many other states in the nation and again it's an important issue seen by some of the passion on both sides."

He says that no matter the decision he is hopeful that we can come together as a community and work toward respecting everyone no matter what their view is on same-sex marriage. "This island has been built in diversity and the nation has been built in diversity," Calvo maintained. "But in the end, we must uphold the laws of the land whatever our personal beliefs may be, one way or the other."

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