The mayor of Washington Muriel Bowser signs the LOVE Act to enable city administrators to certify marriages in the district during the closure of the government that closed the local Wedding Bureau on January 11, 2019
There seems to be a lot of love in the air nowadays in Washington, because a long and bitter shutdown of the government is dragging on and there is no end in sight.
But couples whose marriage plans were thwarted by the partial closure have been given a break thanks to the action of mayor Muriel Bowser and the city council.
The city's Marriage Bureau, part of the US federally funded federal justice system, was considered "not essential" and was blinded as part of the tricky distance between President Donald Trump and Congress Democrats.
But on Friday, Bowser signed an emergency measure authorizing city administrators to validate marriages in the absence of the Marriage Bureau, which closed when the budget out began on December 22nd.
"They can shut down the US government, but they can not make love in the District of Columbia," City Councilor Brandon Todd said when he introduced the measure.
A sign outside the National Zoo in Washington explains that it was forced to close by the shutdown
Entitled the Let Our Vows twists emergency call law, or LOVE act, the law is valid for 90 days and future brides like Claire will save Rourke from finding themselves in Kafkaes situations.
"In practice, we could not sign all legal certificates during the shutdown without having a marriage permit," said Rourke, a Washingtonian who was preparing to get Sam Bockenhauer, to AFP.
& # 39; So we would of course have a great party, but we could only legally marry DC if we had our marriage permit. & # 39;
Some couples, such as Dan Pollock and Danielle Geanacopoulos, had no time left. They were able to get their marriage permit on December 27, just two days before their planned wedding.
– & # 39; A speed bump & # 39; –
Rachel Rice, a wedding planner, had to move one ceremony from Washington to nearby Virginia
"By the time we found out that we could not get a license, we did not have enough time for friends and family to come to Washington to celebrate with us," said Geanacopoulos. "So we concentrated on the really important thing – celebrate – and decided to find out the rest later."
Her mother, Daphne, said she is delighted & # 39; used to be.
"We really had a great big wedding two weeks ago … (but) it feels great to have it officially."
For Caitlin Walters, who plans to marry Kirk Kasa on the campus of the Catholic University on 2 February, the shutdown was simply "a small speed bump in the way".
"Of course we knew about the closure, but we did not know that this would directly affect our ability to legally marry DC," said Walters, a New York resident who was determined to marry in the country's capital. .
But even though some have taken the shackle off, it has brought "chaos" to those in the matrimonial.
"It's a lot of chaos, it's a lot of uncertainty," said Rachel Rice, a wedding planner who recently had to relocate a wedding ceremony from Washington to nearby Virginia.
People cycle past trash not collected at the National Mall in Washington due to the shutdown
Even if the shutdown ended next month, Rice said, "Some people might say," I can not wait to book my location, I have to book my catering, my photographer. "
In addition, the approximately 800,000 federal workers have been sent home or forced to work without payment – some with marriage plans, no doubt – have just missed their first salary and will be forced to reverse their plans.
Claire O & # 39; Rourke has her own regret-related regret.
She had hoped to have her official wedding photo taken at the National Portrait Gallery.
But like the largest Smithsonian system in the capital, the popular museum remains closed.
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