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US territory reviews gay marriage ruling

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — American Samoa is the only US territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

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

''It should be unquestioned,'' said Rose Cuison Villazor, a professor at the University of California, Davis law school and an expert on territorial law. ''The Supreme Court's decision was pretty strong.''

But American Samoa Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale said, ''We're still reviewing the decision to determine its applicability to American Samoa, and I have no specific comments at this time."


Other US territories have voluntarily complied with the Supreme Court decision.

Associated Press