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Yesterday, the Icelandic Ministry of the Interior overturned the decision of the Reykjavík district commissioner, who had denied Ragnheiður Guðmundsdóttir and Ravi Rawat permission to get married, RÚV reports. In a letter sent to the country’s district commissioners, the ministry states that their colleague wrongly evaluated documents presented regarding Ravi’s marital status.

The letter states that there is a lack of consistency when it comes to documents required by the offices of district commissioners regarding conditions for marriage when the bride or groom is from abroad.

Foreigners who wish to get married in Iceland must provide proof that they’re not married already. Ragnheiður and Ravi’s case caught attention this week when Ragnheiður, who is a cancer patient, took her case to the media and explained that there is no census in India. A declaration regarding marital status must, therefore, come from the parents of the prospective bride or groom and be confirmed by authorities. The Reykjavík district commissioner refused to accept such a declaration.

Yesterday, the ministry concluded that the declaration had been wrongly rejected as insufficient.

“We’re on cloud nine,” said Ragnheiður after receiving the news. “Next on the agenda is to get married next week already. We’ve contacted a minister and he has agreed to perform the service.”

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