Bush-Appointed Judge Rules in Favor of the Freedom to Marry in Guam


New York – Today, U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Guam is unconstitutional.  This ruling comes after Guam’s Governor Eddie Calvo put a hold on Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson’s order for officials to begin licensing marriages to same-sex couples last April. Judge Tydingco-Gatewood was appointed to the federal bench by former President George W. Bush back in 2006. 

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“Guam’s same-sex couples and their loved ones want and deserve the freedom to marry and all that marriage can bring -- protections, security, and respect. We can now add Guam’s voice to the momentum across America, and hope the Supreme Court will this month ensure that no other families, and no state, are left behind.”

Gay couples in Guam can begin to apply for marriage licenses when the ruling goes into effect on Tuesday at 8:00am

Many other governors, attorneys general, and state governments throughout the United States have also stopped defending marriage discrimination, including Mark Herring in Virginia, Kathleen Kane in Pennsylvania, Ellen Rosenblum in Oregon, Brian Sandoval and Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, and most recently the Puerto Rican government.

In the past two years, 15 out of 20 Republican-appointed judges who have ruled on the question of same-sex couples' freedom to marry have ruled favorably.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.