Michael Schiavo applies for a marriage license

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
CLEARWATER- A man whose brain-damaged wife was at the center of a prominent end-of-life case that captured the world's attention has applied for a marriage license, nearly a year after her death.
Michael Schiavo and Jodi Centonze applied for a marriage license Friday in Pinellas County, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
She listed her last marriage as ending in divorce on March 29, 1989. He listed his as ending in death on March 31, 2005.
Terri Schiavo collapsed at age 26 in 1990 and was left with irreversible brain damage. She died 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.
Her parents and siblings fought to keep her alive, contending that she had some level of consciousness. Gov. Jeb Bush, the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, the White House, and even the Vatican became involved in the case.
An autopsy supported Michael Schiavo's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state with no consciousness and no hope of recovery.
Schiavo, 42, has called Centonze his fiancee for at least six years, relatives said.
They live together and have two young children.
Family members confirmed the Pinellas County marriage license, which is valid for 60 days.
"I know it's going to be big news when it happens," said Centonze's brother John.
The wedding will take place sometime before his sister's 41st birthday on Valentine's Day, he said.
The couple met in a dentist's office and began a relationship about 11 years ago, after Terri Schiavo was already in a nursing home.
--- Information from: St. Petersburg Times, http://www.sptimes.com

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