Marianne and Tommy Pilling were one of (if not the only) people with Down syndrome to get married in 1995. People back then didn’t even think that their happy life together would last for 22 years, but it has, and every day their feelings grow stronger.

Marianne’s sister set up a Facebook page where she shared moments from an amazing romance, and Lindy recently talked about this great couple.

“The day Marianne met Tommy, she had a big smile on her face when she got home. She talked about him a lot and asked if he could join us for dinner. They went out for a year and a half before Tom asked our mom to marry him. He gave her a toy from a vending machine as a ring.”

Lindy said that her mother had given her permission to get married, even though she knew that gossip would happen.

“They ran over my mother over and over again because she let them get married.” She told them that it was entirely up to them.”

After 20 years, the public seems to have forgotten about them, and people started talking about how long-lasting this marriage is on the Internet.

Over 15,000 people have already joined the Pilling page, and they all like the way they are together:

“There are too many chromosomes. Too much love! It’s surprising how many people back this couple.

“What a great couple! I’m so glad that her mom had the guts to let them get married 22 years ago. “What a great love story!”

Years of criticism did not break up this couple. Instead, it made them stronger.

“The wedding is the best day of my life,” said Marianne. When Tommy asked me out, I was surprised, but I didn’t have to think about it before I said yes. We never get into fights. I love him very much. He’s my closest friend.

The two people live in different places, but their families are always nearby. Tommy and Marianne want people in the same situation as them to have hope. Only that helped them become real friends.