“I was completely shocked. I thought there was a hidden camera,” said Tan Hanh Dang, one of the non-husbands, to Östgöta Correspondenten.
At the end of March Linköping council proposed a Ann Svensson, a local politician, as a wedding registrar. But the papers never reached the county administrative board, which has the final say in the matter. The mistake was spotted in August.
Now the couples affected find themselves with an unexpected get-out-of-jail card – or, if they still wish to be married, two options: a new wedding or an appeal to the government to retrospectively authorise the previous ceremony.
According to Östgöta Correspondenten, at least two of the couples are planning a new wedding. One couple has already split up and could not be contacted.
And for old times’ sake the couples who do choose to have another ceremony could turn once again to Ann Svensson – she has now been given her formal licence by the county board.