Related topics

Mass wedding for 39 retired couples in El Salvador

January 24, 1997

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ For 50 years, Armando Zepeda and Nicolasa Rodriguez have lived together. Finally, the government decided it was time for them to get married.

As part of a new campaign to ``raise moral values,″ Zepeda, 70, and Rodriguez, 80, were married along with 38 other elderly couples in an unusual mass wedding Thursday.

The couples went along with the plan in part for practical reasons.

``I feel good because now I won’t leave behind so much red tape when I die,″ Zepeda said, his bride standing beside him holding a bouquet of artificial flowers.

El Salvador’s first lady, Elizabeth de Calderon Sol, presided over the open-air ceremony at a park 10 miles south of the capital.

Update hourly