On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio will officiate a marriage ceremony between Tsuyoshi Kumagai and Robert F. Yocum, a couple from Japan. Tenorio has become known as the first openly gay lieutenant governor of Guam.
“In Japan same-sex marriage is not recognized,” said Sumie Kuba president and general manager at Micronesia Assistance Inc. which provides medical, legal, transportation, interpreting and other services to tourists on Guam.
As far as she knows, Kuba said, this will be the first same-sex couple from Japan to be married legally on Guam.
Guam appeals to gay couples in Asian countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage because Guam can issue a marriage certificate in a matter of days.
“That is the strong attraction for people coming from abroad,” Kuba said.
The couple has been in a long-term relationship, said Kuba.
“So finally, they are going to the tie the knot,” she said.
Micronesia Assistance hopes to keep helping off-island same-sex couples who wish to get married on Guam, Kuba said.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 of the United States and on Guam in 2015. The District Court of Guam on June 5, 2015, held the territory's prohibition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalizing it in all fifty states.