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Court strikes down Guam's same-sex marriage ban

by Cameron Miculka, Pacific Daily News, June 5, 2015

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Guam's chief federal judge this morning struck down the local law that restricts marriage to opposite-sex couples.

A written opinion is expected Monday and the ruling will take effect on Tuesday.

In her ruling, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood said the laws denying marriage rights to same-sex couples were unconstitutional, citing a previous decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Guam.

The ruling came after about an hour and a half of arguments over whether Tydingco-Gatewood was obligated to act immediately in striking down local law.

Following her ruling, the courtroom erupted into applause for Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero, the couple who filed the case.

Before making their way out, friends, family and supporters lined up in the gallery to offer hugs to the women.

Pangelinan and Aguero filed the case in April after they were denied a marriage license application at the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Their attorneys argued that the case had already been decided by the 9th Circuit in 2014 and, as a result, Guam had no choice but to follow suit.

After the hearing, the couple said their next move would be to apply for a marriage license as soon as they can on Tuesday, the day Tydingco-Gatewood's ruling takes effect.

"It's a battle we shouldn't have had to fight," Aguero said. "I mean, it's love and love must win, so we're just grateful."

They thanked their attorneys, Mitch Thompson, Todd Thompson and Bill Pesch for their work on the case.

"They've burned that midnight oil to help us, so we appreciate it," Aguero said.

Before the hearing, she had no idea which way the judge was going to rule, she said.

At the hearing, even the governor's attorneys acknowledged that the 9th Circuit had already decided the issue.

Mike Phillips, who represented Gov. Eddie Calvo in the case, said the case was "the one with the least dispute, least conflict."

"All that's missing here ... is for this court to strike down Guam's local law," he said.

Phillips, during the hearing, said regardless of the outcome, Calvo would follow the ruling.

He summed up the governor's stance, saying that as long as the law remained in effect, he would enforce it, unless it was changed by the legislature or struck down by the court.

The governor was treating marriage law as any other law, he said.

Phillips added that there is a similar case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and noted that it's possible for that court to nullify the 9th Court's ruling, re-establishing states' ability to define marriage.

In fact, he said, had the Supreme Court not taken up the issue, it's likely the government would have just followed the 9th Circuit without dispute.

Tydingco-Gatewood, however, noted that she doesn't have any authority to wait on the Supreme Court. Instead, she said, it was the opposite: she's obligated to follow an order as soon as an it comes down from a higher court.

"I'm not supposed to sit here and speculate what the Supreme Court is going to decide," she said. Phillips said he wasn't disputing the merits of the plaintiffs' case or the controlling law.

"What they've chosen to present, it's very hard to disagree with," said Phillips.

Following a short break to consider the arguments, Tydingco-Gatewood came back to declare the law restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples unconstitutional.

A written order detailing the judge's decision is expected on Monday. Her order will come into effect the following day.

The order makes Guam the last jurisdiction in the 9th Circuit to have challenged a marriage ban and have it overturned.

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I'm typing this really slowly so you can understand it.

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Thanks to manly dickishness, any lady willing to have sex with a dude can totally get it. I've known more women who weren't conventionally good looking who got laid way more often than the 'pretty skinny' chicks...

Good choices in men are getting hard. For example, who wants to date or have sex with a guy who brags about having sex with half the women in Mexico, Latin American and the Phillipines. He likes 20 year old college virgins and thinks polygamy should be legalized. Not a winner in my book.

I'm early 30s and like older men. A lot of the older men like babies who are barely legal. Not many choices running around...

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Good choices in men are getting hard. For example, who wants to date or have sex with a guy who brags about having sex with half the women in Mexico, Latin American and the Phillipines. He likes 20 year old college virgins and thinks polygamy should be legalized. Not a winner in my book.

I'm early 30s and like older men. A lot of the older men like babies who are barely legal. Not many choices running around...

Depends on where you are located. What you described above isn't all men. Some of us like our women to be in the same age range. I wouldn't go no further than 10 years junior or senior.


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Depends on where you are located. What you described above isn't all men. Some of us like our women to be in the same age range. I wouldn't go no further than 10 years junior or senior.

You are like one of the few dudes left that think like this. Real talk

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Good choices in men are getting hard. For example, who wants to date or have sex with a guy who brags about having sex with half the women in Mexico, Latin American and the Phillipines. He likes 20 year old college virgins and thinks polygamy should be legalized. Not a winner in my book.

I'm early 30s and like older men. A lot of the older men like babies who are barely legal. Not many choices running around...

The ones who brag about being so desired by foreign women, specially from poor countries like Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, etc tend not to be lookers.

Good-looking men don't need to brag. We know they're getting some - a lot more than others.


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You are like one of the few dudes left that think like this. Real talk

I think it's all about preference. There are a few here that have a big age difference and it works because they love each other. It's only bad when one makes it a fetish...

The ones who brag about being so desired by foreign women, specially from poor countries like Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, etc tend not to be lookers.

Good-looking men don't need to brag. We know they're getting some - a lot more than others.

Some good looking men and women brag. But real attraction is being humble. Let your skills speak before the words leave out of your mouth...


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The ones who brag about being so desired by foreign women, specially from poor countries like Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, etc tend not to be lookers.

Good-looking men don't need to brag. We know they're getting some - a lot more than others.

Awwww that's what it is.

So the number of men who actually want barely legal women and sleep with women around the world are far few than what some of the men on VJ portray. Thanks for letting me know.

I think it's all about preference. There are a few here that have a big age difference and it works because they love each other. It's only bad when one makes it a fetish...

Some good looking men and women brag. But real attraction is being humble. Let your skills speak before the words leave out of your mouth...

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Awwww that's what it is.

So the number of men who actually want barely legal women and sleep with women around the world are far few than what some of the men on VJ portray. Thanks for letting me know.

:thumbs:

"It's the quiet ones you need to watch out for, they spend more time doing and less time talking." Jet Li. Black Mask.


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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