DC mayor plans legislation to allow marriages during government shutdown

The government shutdown is impacting many residents in the DMV who aren't collecting paychecks - but it's also impacting many of D.C.'s municipal services, including marriage licenses.

Because of its special status, the District is subject to Federal laws - including its courts.

Residents who are about to be wed may be relieved to learn, however, that Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will take steps to draft emergency legislation that will allow couples to tie the knot.

"Mayor Bowser will put forth emergency legislation to establish the authority to issue marriage licenses during a shutdown. Just like the Grinch can't steal Christmas, the shutdown can't stop love," said the mayor's Chief of Staff, John Falcicchio.

Her office says to expect more information in "the coming days."