16 Aug 2004

American Samoan weddings ahead of Iraq deployment

4:03 pm on 16 August 2004

The majority of marriages performed at the High Court in American Samoa over the last week have involved members of the Army Reserve.

The High Court in Pago Pago relaxed its rules that set out Wednesday as the only day for court marriages.

The move is to accommodate reservists wishing to tie the knot before they are deployed for training before going to Iraq.

15 marriages for army reservists were recorded by the High court in the past week.

Local churches have also reported many requests for weddings in the church in the last few weeks.

In one case, a couple had been married in the courts for 17 years and wanted to be blessed in church before the husband left.

About 200 members of the American Samoa Army Reserve will begin leaving tomorrow.