In Wash­ing­ton, three wed­dings (whew!) and a shut­down

Gulf News - - World -

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

The city’s Mar­riage Bureau 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.

“They can shut down the US gov­ern­ment, but they can­not shut down love in the Dis­trict of Columbia,” City Coun­cil mem­ber Bran­don Todd said.

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