a civil waiver

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From "Grand Pursuit":

What is plain is that they were still legally married and that Gladys, if
she wished, could have prevented his remarriage or sued him for bigamy.
Luckily for Schumpeter, the Socialist government of Red Vienna had liberalized
the divorce laws, and a friendly official granted him a civil waiver
to marry Annie.

What does "granted him a civil waiver to marry" mean?
Thanks for response.
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