March 3, 2012

Facebook: USMC Homecoming Photo Goes Viral

The Marine Corps Times reports that a photo of Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Morgan’s homecoming kiss, that was snapped upon his return from Afghanistan, has gone viral. The newspaper reports:


But then last weekend a friend posted a photo of their embrace on the Gay Marines page on Facebook. Morgan, in desert camouflage, is seen wrapping his legs around Dalan Wells’ legs. A large American flag, draped floor to ceiling inside an aircraft hangar at a Marine base in Hawaii, is in the background.

Photos of exuberant servicemen and homecomings aren’t new. But this one, taken some five months after the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy prohibiting gay servicemen from openly acknowledging their sexuality, is among the first showing a gay active-duty serviceman in uniform kissing his partner at a homecoming.

More than 40,000 people have clicked the “like” button for the photo on Facebook, and thousands have shared it with their friends on several social media sites. Journalists are inundating Morgan with interview requests, and supporters from as far away as Italy are flooding his inbox with messages of thanks and encouragement.

The 25-year-old from Oakdale, Calif. said it was “a great moment in history” but he really just wanted to show his love to Wells when he landed in Hawaii on Feb. 22.

I don’t know about you, but this photo brought a tear to my eye.

What makes this story even more poignant is the fact that Morgan used to be a “fanatical Christian” who was married to a woman. In an interview with The Daily Beast’s Matthew DeLuca, Sgt. Morgan said:

I was married at one point to a woman, but that was a huge mistake, because looking through my faith beliefs I mistook a friendship and thought it was love, which it wasn’t. It took so many mistakes in my life to have the courage to know who I was.

I have to say that Sgt. Morgan obviously possesses courage on the battlefield, and courage in his personal life. He’s a credit to the Marine Corps, and an asset to our military.

And today he’s my hero.


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