In October of 2013, the Illinois couple of Colette Purifoy and John Morris were denied a marriage license because of John’s inability to consent. In 2009, John suffered permanent brain damage after unexpected complications from a “simple surgery” and he remains in a vegetative state. According to Colette, the two have been together for over 38 years and had plans to marry prior to John’s brain injury. In fact, John proposed to Colette, for a second time, minutes before his surgery. Their application for a marriage license was denied because John could neither sign the requisite paperwork nor consent to the marriage due to his vegetative state.
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