Against parents’ wishes, young couple with Down syndrome want to get married, have children

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Most parents want their kids to grow up, get married, and have babies. But what if your children have Down syndrome?

Like most couples their age, Michael Cox and Taylor Anderton would love to start a family together someday. However, as they both have Down syndrome, their case is pretty complicated, MamaMia reports.

“I know that me and Taylor have the skills to be married and start our own family,” Michael told Australian Story.

The couple have been together for almost two years, and have been engaged for one. Their parents have been supportive of their relationship, but when it comes to having children, that’s another story.

"I don't see parenthood being something that they're going to achieve, or really they probably should achieve"

"Taylor and Michael want to get married and have children and that makes me feel very worried, apprehensive and concerned," Taylor's mother, Catherine Musk said.

Both sets of parents have raised their children to reach for their dreams, but now, they all worry that they have given them unrealistic and impractical hope.

"I don't see parenthood being something that they're going to achieve, or really they probably should achieve," Michael's father Simon Cox said. "It would be very difficult being a child whose parents both had Down syndrome and couldn't have a job and couldn't drive a car and couldn't understand maths homework and those sorts of things.”

On the next page: read about how Michael and Taylor are determined to get married, in spite of their parents' wishes.

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