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Marriage It was easier to perform for nonclergy—but not during the government shutdown.

The Supreme Court threw out some of the biggest federal obstacles in the way of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples this year, but here in D.C., same-sex marriage is old hat. While the rest of the nation feuded over rights, the District was trying to make it easier for anyone to get married, period. Longtime laws requiring complicated bureaucratic maneuvers for non-clerics to perform weddings were abolished, and the mayor got special powers to wed couples whenever he wants. But leave it to the feds to screw everything up: Weddings scheduled for the National Mall during the government shutdown had to be postponed, and the D.C. courts were forced to stop issuing marriage licenses until House Republicans came down off the ledge.

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