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Government Shutdown Threatens to Cancel D.C.-Area Weddings

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The shutdown of the U.S. government — the first in 17 years — has furloughed more than 800,000 federal employees, leaving them uncertain of when they will return to work and again start receiving a paycheck. 

All that is terrible in and of itself, but the shutdown also is threatening to cancel a couple dozen weddings in Washington D.C. this month.

Washington City Paper reports that 24 weddings are scheduled to take place on the National Mall during October and that any slated to take place during the shutdown will be canceled, according to a Carol Johnson, a National Mall spokeswoman. For perspective, the 1995-95 shutdown lasted 27 days.

The Washington D.C. Superior Court also won't be accepting new applications for marriage licenses.

As always, call your congressman or congresswoman.

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