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Government shutdown pauses marriage licenses

(image: WPMI) Government shutdown pauses marriage licenses

While the government shutdown continues, wedding bells aren't ringing at the Washington, D.C. Superior Courthouse.

But Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to reopen it.

The city's marriage bureau is currently closed because it's funded by the federal government.

Dan Pollock and Danielle Geanacopoulos found out about the marriage bureaus closure on December 27th, 2 days before their scheduled wedding ceremony.

Despite the hiccup, the former congressional staff members from New York decided to go through with the ceremony.

On Wednesday night, a spokesperson for Washington, D.C Mayor Bowser issued a statement saying that she will draft emergency legislation to establish the authority to issue marriage licenses during a shutdown.

Ironically, you can still file for divorce in Washington, but tying the knot has to wait.

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