A lesbian couple on Guam has filed a legal challenge to the territory's marriage laws after they were barred from submitting a license to wed.

Loretta M. Pangelinan and Kathleen M. Aguero filed their lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court.

The women, both 28, say they have been together nine years and have three foster children.

They launched their legal battle after a failed attempt to file an application for a marriage license earlier this month.

Their complaint says they are challenging "the discriminatory denial of their freedom to marry in the Territory of Guam."

Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson, predicting the U.S. Supreme Court would soon decide the issue for the country, said last week that "upon that decision, Guam will abide."

Attorney Bill Pesch says his clients are hoping to get their case before a judge within a month.