Gay Marine Homecoming Kiss Spreads Love All Over Internet, World

A photo posted on a Facebook page for gay marines went viral on Facebook yesterday, and now it seems poised to become one of the first iconic images of how the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has affected people’s lives for the better.

The photo shows Sgt. Brandon Morgan locked in a passionate homecoming kiss with boyfriend Dalan Wells during a recent homecoming from Afghanistan at a base in Hawaii. It’s received thousands of “likes” and re-posts, with the positive comments far outweighing the horrid, troll-ish ones. “As a gay veteran that pic drew tears to my eyes,” said one commenter. “Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think I would see this lifetime.”

For his part, Sgt. Morgan was touched by the response. “To everyone who has responded in a positive way. My partner and I want to say thank you,” he wrote in a message. “We didn’t do this to get famous, or something like that, we did this cause after 3 deployments and four years knowing each other, we finally told each other how we felt.”

Is that heartwarming, or what? This comes close on the heels of the selection of a lesbian couple for the navy’s “first kiss” tradition, which caused a similar groundswelling of “aws” and “yays.” We still have quite a ways left to travel before equality is achieved, but images like this go a long way towards informing bigots that LGBT people are, well, people, and deserve to be treated equally.

(Via The New York Daily News)

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    • CDylan

      As a member of the military I am offended by this gentlemens lack of military bearing. I have no problem with who he wishes to kiss, my problem is that we have rules and regulations as to behaving in public. If this were a heterosexual couple doing the same thing….I would be just as outraged.

      • Kellie

        I call BS CDylan. It was a homecoming. All of the straight couples were kissing just the same as this gay couple was. There is nothing wrong with it and you have no reason to be offended except for your own prejudice. Get over it. They have every right to show affection just as you do and just as anyone else does. Kudos to them. <3<3<3