In the early 1990s, Tommy Pilling met the girl of his dreams. Her name was Maryanne, and like him, she had Down Syndrome.
The two dated for 18 months, then Tommy decided he wanted to popthe question. He approached Maryanne’s mom, Linda, to ask for her blessing. He presented her with the toy ring he’d gotten from a vending machine.
Linda was thrilled, and immediately said yes, but wanted Tommy to be able to properly propose to her daughter, so she brought him to the ring store.
When Tommy asked Maryanne to marry her, she didn’t hesitate to agree. He and Maryanne knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
When they got engaged, though, they were hit with tons of criticism, as they were thought to be the first couple with Down Syndrome to get married.
Despite the criticism, Maryanne and Tommy did indeed get married, at a beautiful church in the U.K. in 1995.
[H/T Daily Mail]