Out MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts invited Sgt. Brandon Morgan to talk about how his homecoming kiss with his boyfriend Dalan Wells went viral. Roberts asked what it felt like to shatter stereotypes about Marines being heterosexual (and heterosexist, we assume).
“It gives me a very good feeling sir, honestly,” Morgan said. “I believe a lot of people before the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were afraid that gay and lesbian people would be the stereotypes that people had thought them to be but knowing that this one picture shows that those stereotypes are broken gives me hope that this world is changing, and it gives my partner and myself hope for our future as well.”
Morgan gave a longer interview to the Daily Beast, which goes into detail about his upbringing. Says Morgan:
I used to be a very, very fanatical Christian, not that there’s anything wrong with being a Christian, but my beliefs, my core beliefs, definitely have changed as I’ve grown up because of the way I live, the way I am. I joined the Marine Corps because I felt I wanted to be the voice of God in the Marine Corps.
And he also used to be married… to a woman:
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.
Dalan works on the base and we actually met at the Single Marine and Sailor Program. I walked in and I saw him, and I have to say it was love at first sight. I’ve loved that man ever since I first saw him…
Going through the deployment and having nobody to look forward to coming home to, I emailed some friends and they were like, “Yeah, sure, we’ll come see you at the airport.” At one point I just made a general comment on Facebook like, “Wow, loneliness is really starting to sink in.” And he was the first one and the only one to comment on that.
When he said that, I wrote him a very, very long email. He wrote me back, and then it was what seemed like hundreds of emails a day. Every email he sent me I would read a hundred times. Weeks just flew by and I couldn’t wait to get home, and I was like, “When I get home, I’m going to give him the best kiss I can think of.”