Couple with Down Syndrome Told Not to Marry, Proves Critics Wrong 25 Years Later

By Daksha Devnani, Epoch Times
March 22, 2019 Updated: March 27, 2019

Thirty years ago, this young couple fell  in love, and after 25 years of marriage, they are still as together as ever, despite being told their union could never work.

Kris Scharoun, 58, and Paul DeForge, 54, met at a dance three decades ago, and as Kris said, “I looked into Paul’s eyes and saw my future,” reports Today.

“When they were approaching the five-year engagement mark they really wanted to get married, so we started to plan their wedding,” said Kris’s sister, Susan Scharoun.

Scharoun has always been an admirer of the couple, explaining how they really define the meaning of true love.

But many were not in favor of the couple’s decision to get married, as they strongly believed that people with Down syndrome should not really get married.

“They had a lot of struggles,” Scharoun said. “I saw them as individuals who should have a right to make that decision.”

But eventually, the wedding took place with the presence of 150 guests at the Le Moyne Manor hotel in New York.

“Their wedding was a wonderful affair,” Scharoun said. “Kris’ main desire has always been to be a ‘me of a we.’”

Over the last few years, the adorable couple has really enjoyed a life of togetherness. Kris would love cooking for Paul.

They would also often bowl and attend dances together.

Kris and Paul Scharoun-Deforge celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary at camp.

Kay Scharoun 发布于 2016年7月27日周三

Most of all, the couple have stood by each other through thick and thin.

“They have been a role model for unconditional positive regard in a relationship,” Scharoun said.

Mary DeForge 发布于 2016年8月7日周日

The couple, from Syracuse, New York, renewed their vows on Aug. 18, 2018, and Scharoun summed up the couple’s happy marriage at the vow-renewal ceremony.

“They have an unconditional love,” she said. “They totally complement each other.”

“He opened up my world,” Kris told The Buffalo News.

Couple with Down syndrome celebrate 25 years of marriage

When Kris Scharoun-DeForge spotted Paul DeForge she fell in love. While many doubted them, the couple with Down syndrome just celebrated 25 years of marriage.

Today Show 发布于 2018年8月23日周四

Kris has been in hospital with pneumonia, so they held their ceremony in the hospital chapel.

Paul is suffering from health issues as well, and the couple has been separated, as Paul needs special care as he suffers from dementia. Kris, who has type 1 diabetes, is able to visit him, but the couple is struggling with their situation.

My sister Kris and her husband Paul celebrating their 22nd Anniversary at my camp.

Kay Scharoun 发布于 2015年8月16日周日

“She is more emotionally vulnerable and he has always been her rock,” Scharoun said. “She would plan what they would do and really be responsible for the social events.”

“We had to tell her he wasn’t going to come back and it became really difficult for her.”

Though Paul suffers from his condition, Scharoun explained: “He recognizes Kris more than anyone else, But, he is slipping away from us.”

My sister Krissy and her husband Paul spent Mother's Day with us.

Kay Scharoun 发布于 2013年5月12日周日

The couple is proof that folk with intellectual disabilities can lead very happy and stable lives together.

“Marriage is a universal part of the human experience, and people have a universal desire to spend it with someone they love,” said Erin Sobkowski, a lawyer and officer with 21 Connect.

“They should define their own lives. We should ask them more questions about what they want,” Scharoun said. “They know what is good for them.”


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