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)