The first couple with Down’s Syndrome to marry in the United Kingdom defied all the odds by celebrating their 24th year together as husband and wife.
The love story
In 1991, Maryanne and Tommy met at a day center and they eventually fell in love with each other. They have been dating for 18 months until Tommy asked the lovely Maryanne to marry him. With no enough money to buy a ring, Tommy planned to propose with a plastic ring from a vending machine. However, when Maryanne’s mother, Linda Martin, knew about the young man’s plan, she helped him chose and buy a ring.
“My wedding was the best day of my life,” Marryane told Independent. “I was shocked when Tommy proposed but I didn’t have to think twice about saying yes,” Maryann said.
In July 1995, the couple tied the knot in an Essex church. Their union received skepticism and criticism and no one believes that their marriage would work out and last long. But Maryanne’s family was a hundred percent supportive of their decision.
“Tommy and I never argue. I love my husband very much. He is my best friend,” she added.
Their 24th anniversary
Just this July 2019, the couple proved everyone who criticized them by celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary. To celebrate their anniversary, they re-enacted their first dance from dirty dancing to remember their big day. Despite many people are in attendance, the couple danced sweetly as if it is only them inside the room.
Their relationship gets stronger as the years went by and they prove that anyone should have the right to marry the love of their life without prejudice and discrimination. Their story inspired many especially those who have children with Down’s syndrome. It was every parent’s prayer that their children would find the love of their life and live happily.
Reference: Women Working