Couple unable to obtain marriage license in DC due to shutdown: report


A couple was reportedly unable to obtain a marriage license from the Marriage Bureau in Washington, D.C., due to the partial government shutdown.

Former congressional staffers Danielle Geanacopoulos and Dan Pollock told BuzzFeed News that they were turned away from the bureau on Dec. 27, just two days before their scheduled wedding ceremony, because of the shutdown that began on Dec. 22.

{mosads}”One of the greeters at the front asked us where we were headed, and we said the Marriage Bureau, and they said, ‘Oh, not today you won’t,'” Geanacopoulos said.

After the encounter the couple tweeted a photo in which they suggested President Trump was to blame for the shutdown. The tweet was accompanied by the hashtag #MyBigFakeGreekWedding.

After the partial government shutdown began last month, employees at the Marriage Bureau were among those who were furloughed.

Pollock said it never occurred to either of them that the Marriage Bureau would be affected by a government shutdown.

“We’ve been furloughed I think twice in our time in the Senate years ago, so we’re pretty familiar with what gets funded and what doesn’t,” Pollock said. “It never occurred to either of us.”

The couple held their wedding ceremony last week but have yet to receive their marriage license.

“We couldn’t stop laughing as two former Democratic staffers whose wedding was put on hold by Trump,” Geanacopoulos said.

The government entered its 12th day of a partial shutdown on Wednesday, largely due to an impasse over funding for Trump’s proposed border wall.

Democrats are set to take control of the House on Thursday and plan to vote on a funding bill that same day. Trump has indicated he will not sign a spending bill to end the shutdown unless it includes more than $5 billion in wall funding.

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