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Government shutdown 2013: National Cathedral garden offered for weddings

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Episcopal bishop of Washington is inviting any couples who had to cancel their weddings on federal property due to the government shutdown to have their ceremonies in a garden at Washington National Cathedral.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde said Thursday that the Bishop's Garden at the cathedral would be offered free of charge to any couples who wanted to hold wedding ceremonies outdoors.

Budde says the government shutdown's impact on people's lives is incalculable. She says the church wanted to support its neighbors.

The offer was made after 24 weddings scheduled for sites on the National Mall this month were postponed. The National Park Service notified those couples that their permits for weddings are postponed until the government reopens.

Weddings are held at such sites as the Jefferson Memorial.

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