Back in the mid-1990s, Maryanne and Tommy stood at the altar and united their lives. They were in love and were eager to share a future together. However, not everyone else was as supportive as they should be. Some people believed that Tommy and Maryanne should never have web because they have Down syndrome. Although their haters and critics thought Maryanne’s mother should have barred her from wedding the love of her life because of Down syndrome, the loving couple has gone on to prove that true love knows no barriers.
Both Maryanne, 46, and Tommy, 59, have faced terrible adversity throughout their lives. Not only do people look down on them because of their condition, but they have also both dealt with health complications and other issues. Life has not been easy for the lovebirds, but being together has made things much easier for them.
The couple started dating back in the 1990s. And after only a year-and-a-half, Tommy knew that Maryanne was the one for him. He didn’t bother waiting any longer and just popped the question – although so many people thought it was a bad idea.
Although Maryanne’s mother was so happy that she had found love, other people thought it was a terrible idea. Her sister, Linda Newman, also supported her.
Linda said, “Their relationship is so special because it is pure; they don’t understand the bad emotions of hate.”
Every since Maryanne was a small child, she dreamed of having a big wedding. People thought it would be impossible for her because she had Down syndrome. But her condition never stopped her from dreaming of her best life. And that proved to be the truth. She ultimately met the man of her dreams and they wed, just as she had always dreamed.
In an interview with the New York Post, Linda said, “That’s exactly what she had. It was a beautiful day. When they walk down the street holding hands, they make a statement but in a good way. Some people stare; they assume people with Down syndrome and learning difficulties can’t get married. But we also get so many lovely messages from people who are inspired by their story. People worried about their own children or grandchildren with Down syndrome get hope from Maryanne and Tommy’s story. I hope that their children can also fall in love and live happily ever after.”
Maryanne has inspired Linda for years. Because she watches Tommy and her sister share a storybook love, she can’t help but know that the haters were as wrong as wrong can be. This couple never argues and just showers each other in unconditional love every day.
Linda said, “They love one another dearly, respect one another and are completely honest.”
In an interview with PEOPLE, Maryanne spoke about how much she loved Tommy and enjoyed their wedding day.
“My wedding was the best day of my life. I was shocked when Tommy proposed, but I didn’t have to think twice about saying yes. Tommy, and I never argue. I love my husband very much. He is my best friend.”
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