In far-flung US territories, gay marriage hasn't arrived

Mar 14, 2015 1:45 PM by News Staff

While more than 70 percent of U.S. states now allow same-sex marriage, the waves of change have yet to reach America's far-flung and socially conservative territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Of the five territories, only Puerto Rico has faced a lawsuit seeking the right for gay and lesbian couples to wed. A federal judge there, bucking the trend in federal courts on the mainland, rejected the suit. That case is under appeal.

Advocacy groups say no same-sex couples have stepped forward to make a legal case for marriage rights in the other territories - the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.

The five territories would be covered by a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling establishing a constitutional right for same-sex couples to wed.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


Most Popular