Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his wife Lilibet released a fairly ordinary holiday video message last week, except that amid the expected conventional nationalism was an image of MM2 2nd Class Jerrel Revels’ proposal to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner.
This is the first time a gay couple has been included in the Defense Secretary’s holiday message for the troops.
Revels proposed back in August of 2013 in front of some 200 people, two years after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
“It kind of tickled my mind every now and then that (he would propose) but I never expected this,” Kirchner said at the time. “I didn’t really care everybody was around. It felt just like the two of us.”
Here’s the video: