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Controversial marriage outlasts most

Nearly 20 years have passed since Mary Kay Letourneau first made headlines.

Letourneau, a sixth grade teacher at the time, was first arrested in 1997 after it was discovered that she was having sex with her 13-year-old student Vili Fualaau. While she was awaiting a sentence, she gave birth to Fualaau’s child.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, she served six months in prison and was forbidden from having any contact with Fualaau.

But two weeks after serving her jail sentence, Letourneau was once again arrested for having sexual contact with Fualaau and was impregnated by him a second time. She was sentenced to seven years in prison for child rape and for violating the terms of her probation.

After serving her sentence, the courts granted Fualaau’s request to reverse the no-contact order between the two of them. Letourneau and Fualaau got married in May 2005.

Now, the controversial couple is once again making headlines after being interviewed by Barbara Walters. They are still married after 10 years.

You really have to hand it to this couple for staying married for 10 years. They have endured so much public scrutiny and criticism for their affair. Many were outraged that they would even allow this convicted child rapist to marry the person she was convicted of raping.

Just think about how many conventional marriages fail before reaching the 10 year mark. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 32 percent of marriages end in divorce within 10 years. That is clearly not the case for this couple.

We see it all the time with these very public celebrity divorces. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries after 72 days. Britney Spears calls an end to her first marriage after 55 hours. Let us not begin with all the other failed marriages that we personally know about.

Letourneau is trying to get herself removed from the sex offender registry. Many do not want this granted for her. Let us rewind again. Letourneau was 34 when she started having sex with Fualaau who was 13. At that time, it was appropriate for her to be on the registry. But today, she is still married to Fualaau and has been since her arrest.

Letourneau is not a sexual predator.

If Letourneau was the sexual predator and pedophile that everyone makes her out to be, don’t you think she would have moved on to another child? They are raising the children that they conceived during their controversial affair who appear very happy and healthy.

Who has she victimized? Not Fualaau, because they are clearly happily married. There is no other evidence that she engaged in sexual acts with any of her other students or any other minors.

What we see here between Letourneau and Fualaau is two people that are actually in love. This is not to say that the way their relationship started should be supported; it is still a bit creepy that a grown woman would actually fall in love with a 13-year-old boy. But after a decade of marriage, they have beaten pretty much almost all the odds and obstacles that have come their way.

This relationship is proof that age is just a number.

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