The Facebook site Gay Marines recently posted a photo (above) of Brandon Morgan’s homecoming from military deployment, in which the Marine is seen leaping into the arms of his boyfriend, Dalan. It’s such a powerful image on so many levels: its honesty, its simplicity and its bravery, among them.
And it proves once and for all that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell didn’t allow gays and lesbians to join the Armed Forces—it allowed the ones that were already in it to serve openly and with dignity.
Morgan addressed some of the more than 650 comments the photo has gotten (not all positive).
To everyone who has responded in a positive way: My partner and I want to say thank you. Dalan, the giant in the photo, can’t believe how many shares and likes we have gotten on this. 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.
As for the haters, let em hate…to quote Kat Williams, everyone needs haters, so let them hate.
We are the happiest we have ever been and as for the whole PDA and kissing slash hugging in uniform…it was a homecoming, if the Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels around us didn’t care…then why do you care what these random people have to say? In summation thank you for your love and support. I received a lot of friend requests off this. I don’t just accept requests so if your request was because of this post message me and let me know. Goodnight all, and Semper Fi.” –Brandon Morgan
Thanks for serving, Brandon. Now go enjoy your boyfriend!