"When Paul and Kris Scharoun-DeForge married, there were many who doubted. ’What should it be good for, that two people with Down syndrome hitting their bags together?’"
"for over 25 years they are crushed everyone's prejudices with his love – now, Paul has died."
"Some felt sorry for them. Others discouraged them from getting married. But the family testify to the world's happiest couple, reports The Washington Post. "
"this is The story of Paul and Kris Scharoun-Deforge and their 25 year long marriage that shattered all prejudices."
"Paul and Kris grew both up in a large family with seven siblings and had both with Down syndrome. At the time of their birth, recommended the parents to put them in a special home. They would not be able to live their life to the fullest because of their Down syndrome, said the doctors. "
"But both Paul and Kris's parents ignored the advice from their doctors, which proved to be a smart decision. Both grew up and lived productive, and not the least happy, life. "
"Paul worked at an organization for people with disabilities and Crisis in the New York statskontor in the department for the rights of people with disabilities. "
"And in the 80's crossed their paths. It was during a special event for the disabled as their gazes met and they have since been inseparable. "
"But their relationship has not always been easy. On the basis of their diagnoses, which means some reduced mental function, they had to prove that they were aware of their relationship and agreed to the marriage. It meant that the couple was forced to undergo tests that measured sexual knowledge, feelings, and needs. "
"After many legal laps finally they got married in 1993, after having been engaged for five years. "
"According to Kris sister was what she loved the most with Paul that he had Down syndrome. "
"I want a man who is that I” should Kris have said. "
"Their marriage was ending right before their 26-year anniversary. Paul passed away of Alzheimer's disease, which half of all who are born with Downs syndrome get. "
"the Pair have followed in the american media for several years, so the news that Paul passed away has touched many, inspired by their love and courage. "
" I hope that their story will get people to know of the importance of human love, regardless of ethnicity, functionality, religion, sexual orientation, or any other dissimilarity, writes Kris sister Susan Scharoun to Aftonbladet."