Love was in the air on Wednesday at Lt. Gov Joshua Tenorio’s office as he officiated the marriage of Tsuyoshi Kumagai and Robert F. Yocum who traveled from Japan for the occasion.
The couple has been in a relationship for 22 years but were unable to legally marry in Japan where they reside.
Lasia Casil, executive director of the Hagåtña Restoration and Redevelopment Authority and Public Auditor B.J. Cruz served as witnesses of the union.
Pilar Laguana, president and CEO of the Guam Visitors Bureau, presented the couple with a wooden sculpture and other various gifts from the island.
Tenorio, who is the first openly gay lieutenant governor of Guam, also presented the newly married couple with several gifts including a plush toy of a ko’ko’, or Guam rail, which is endemic to Guam.
“I was very honored that they asked me,” Tenorio said. “This really is a level of security for them and it allows them to be centered and make sure they are entitled to care for each other, and I think that is an important thing.”
Yocum said he was honored the lieutenant governor officiated the wedding and people from Guam’s gay community attended the ceremony.
“It was quite an honor that people from the government supported us, and it’s been a beautiful experience and I would like to thank all the people of Guam for their support,” he said.
Guam's visitor industry has been promoting the island as a destination for weddings, and the legalization of same-sex union on the island has made the visitors bureau drum up promotions on this specific market.
In June 2015, Guam became the first U.S. territory to legalize marriage between couples of the same sex.