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American Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - American Samoa stands as the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

But as the Pacific island's attorney general reviews the decision, legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately.

As of Thursday, no one has applied for a same sex marriage license in American Samoa, according to the island's Office of Vital Statistics.

But Rose Cuison Villazor, a professor at University of California, Davis' law school and an expert on territorial law, says the lack of marriage license applications by same-sex couples shouldn't be taken to mean no one in American Samoa desires gay marriage.

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