Say­ing ‘I do’ de­spite govt shut­down

The Star Malaysia - - World -

Wash­ing­ton: There doesn’t seem to be much love in the air in Wash­ing­ton these days, as a long and bit­ter gov­ern­ment shut­down drags on with no end in sight.

But cou­ples whose mar­riage plans were thwarted by the par­tial shut­down have got­ten a break, thanks to the ac­tion of Mayor Muriel Bowser and city coun­cil.

The city’s Mar­riage Bureau, part of the US cap­i­tal’s fed­er­ally funded court sys­tem, had been deemed “nonessen­tial” and shut­tered as part of the thorny stand­off be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and con­gres­sional Democrats.

But on Fri­day, Bowser signed an emer­gency mea­sure au­tho­ris­ing city of­fi­cials to val­i­date mar­riages in the ab­sence of the Mar­riage Bureau, which closed when the bud­get stand­off be­gan on Dec 22.

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