Couple with down syndrome celebrates 24 years of marriage

  • A couple who were thought to have been the first husband and wife with Down Syndrome to get married in the United Kingdom celebrated their 22 years of marriage
  • Many people have doubted the couple’s relationship from the very beginning, but the two proved them wrong
  • The two shared their wedding and experiences of being together for almost a quarter-century

Love knows no boundaries, and disabilities.

Image from Maryanne and Tommy via Facebook

This is what the couple from the United Kingdom proved after almost a quarter-century of being married to each other.

Recently, a husband and wife – who are believed to be the first couple with Down Syndrome to get married in UK – celebrated their 22 years of marriage.

Although it may be difficult to have a genetic disorder and get married to someone who has the same disability, Tommy and Maryanne Pilling proved that when it comes to love, nothing really matters as long as you have each another.

Image from Maryanne and Tommy via Facebook

Almost two decades ago, Tommy and Maryanne met each other while working in a local training center. And even with some people’s disapproval, the two dated for a year then got married at a church in Essex.

Tommy is now 61 years old while Maryanne is 47. In an interview with a news outlet, the two shared intimate details about their marriage, life journeys, and the challenges that they have faced as a couple.

According to Maryanne, so many people have told her mother not to allow her marriage with Tommy. But Maryanne’s mother insisted that it was the couple’s decision.

Image from Maryanne and Tommy via Facebook

Maryanne had dreamed about a big white wedding since she was a little girl and that’s exactly what she had.  It was a beautiful day,” Maryanne’s sister Lindi Newman revealed.

Even though they are not your average couple, Tommy and Maryanne, however, bring the much-needed motivation and inspiration for parents with children who have Down Syndrome.

When they walk down the street holding hands they make a statement but in a good way,” Lindi added. “People worried about their own children or grandchildren with Down Syndrome get hope from Maryanne and Tommy’s story, hope that their children can also fall in love and live happily ever after.”

Truly a wonderful story for the books!


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