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People Criticized This Couple With Down Syndrome For Marrying, That Was 22 Years Ago

Tommy and Maryanne Piling had the kind of wedding that everyone dreams about. He asked her parents for her hand in marriage, they had a beautiful ceremony in a church, and all of their family were there to support them.

But people still said that this happy couple shouldn't be together. That's because Maryanne and Tommy both have Down Syndrome. When they tied the knot in 1995 it was very rare for couples with Down Syndrome to get married, and some people think they were actually the world's first.

But two decades later they've proved the haters wrong with a love that continues to last.

Maryanne's sister Lindi told the Daily Mail that it was love at first sight for this pair.

"The day Maryanne met Tommy she came home with the biggest smile on her face," she said. "She couldn't stop talking about him and asked if he could come for dinner."

They had been going steady for 18 months before Tommy popped the question, using a toy ring he'd won in a vending machine. Of course, after she said yes he went to the jewelry store and got her the real thing.

Lindi says that people everywhere who have relatives with Down Syndrome draw strength from Tommy and Maryanne's story.

In July they celebrated their 22nd anniversary, and the couple lives on their own (next door to her parents).

"Tommy and I never argue," Maryanne said. "I love my husband very much. He is my best friend."

If you want to learn more about this happy couple's life together, Lindi has made a Facebook page to share their story with the world.

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