The cast members of Born This Way are each special in their own way — but Angel Callahan and Cristina Sanz‘s romance definitely stands out on the A&E reality show. Since the first episode, we have seen the couple go from boyfriend and girlfriend planning their future together to husband and wife.
Along the way, they have debunked common misconceptions when it comes to people living with disabilities — even their own parents. “I will not wake up waiting for my daughter to come back from a date like my mother did for me,” her mother, Beatriz Sanz said, per Respectability.org. Cristina’s dad Mariano hopes people continue to learn by watching Born This Way.
“One of the things that I’m hoping is coming across from the show is how different they all are. You know, sometimes, people pre-judge Down syndrome and they lump everyone who has Down syndrome into one kind of person,” he explained. “And yes, they’re all beautiful children, they’re angels, they’re marvelous, and sometimes we get the feeling that they’re all the same. And they’re not. They’re not the same. They are very different from each other and they have their own personalities and you know, the families who are having kids with Down syndrome right now who are very young, the families in this new generation growing up, they have a lot to look forward to.”