42.0105 Marriage ceremony.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 42.0105]

(a) At any time not less than 30 or more than 90 days after the issuance of a marriage license, any minister of any Christian religion duly appointed or ordained and duly registered in the office of the Registrar of Vital Statistics, or any Samoan Associate Judge, or the Associate Justice or Chief Justice, may marry the parties.

(b) The presence of at least 2 witnesses is requisite for the due solemnization of a marriage.

(c) The parties to the marriage, the witnesses and the minister, justice or judge shall sign, in triplicate, a certificate substantially in the following form:

CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

I,……………………………….. , duly authorized to solemnize and perform marriages, being a………………. (Minister—Justice—Judge) of the ………………… , (Church or High Court). do hereby certify that I have, on the……………day of……………..20…. . celebrated and solemnized a marriage between……………………..(groom) of…………………..Village, son of ……………….(father) and ………………………(mother), and……………………… (bride) of……………….. Village, daughter of…………………….and……………………..,at……………………..(location), American Samoa.

……………………………….

(Minister—Justice—Judge)

………………………………

Signature of Groom

……………………………..

Signature of Bride

…………………………….

Signature of Witness

…………………………….

Signature of Witness

(d) The 30-day waiting period may be waived for good cause shown by any judge of the High Court upon proper application of the parties in such form as may be prescribed by the court.

History: 1962, PL 7-32; 1968, PL 10-52; 1972, PL 12-46 § 1.