Couples Cannot Get Married In DC Due To Govt. Shutdown!
The partial government shutdown is almost two weeks old now, and it’s affecting lots of things. Some we hear more about – like national parks being closed – but other closings have come as a surprise, like the marriage bureau in Washington, DC. Their doors have been shut since December 22nd, leaving lovebirds in the nation’s capital without a way to get a marriage license.
When spouses-to-beDan Pollock andDanielle Geanacopoulos showed up at the courthouse to get theirs, the couple says they were politely turned away and told no licenses would be issued until the government reopens. This was a bit of a problem because they had the wedding planned and didn’t have enough time to get a license from Virginia, but they decided to “embrace the insanity” of the situation.
The couple had their wedding anyway, complete with the bride in a white gown and her hubby in a tux and says they had a blast and they’ll head back to the courthouse to make it official when the shutdown ends. “While it might have been inconvenient for us,” Pollock explains, “I think it’s important for people to see some of the real effects of a shutdown.”
But plans are already in motion to allow marriage licenses in DC to be issued during the shutdown. Mayor Muriel Bowser’schief of staff, John Falcicchio, says she will propose emergency legislation to issue marriage licenses again, adding, “Just like the Grinch can’t steal Christmas, the shutdown can’t stop love.”