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Couple with Down syndrome celebrating their 22 year marriage anniversary

By Mason White 11:44 AM February 24, 2017
Maryanne and Tommy Pilling
Maryanne and Tommy Pilling
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) A couple is proving to the world that love has no borders, and that everyone deserves to be loved and happy.

Lindi Newman of the United Kingdom, said that her mother was criticized for allowing her daughter to marry her lover as they both have Down syndrome.

Newman said that her sister, Maryanne, was 24 years old when she met 37-year-old Tommy Pilling, at a school for special needs students.

Maryanne fell in love with Tommy, and brought him home to meet her family. After dating for 18 months, Tommy asked her mother for permission to ask her daughter to marry him.

Newman said that her mother agreed, and she took him to a jewelry store to choose a ring. Tommy then proposed and Maryanne said “yes.”

The couple got married at the St. Mary’s Church in Shoeburyness, Essex, in July 1995. They have been together ever since and they are very happy.

Maryanne, 45, and Tommy, 59, are preparing to celebrate their 22 year marriage anniversary.