Gay Sailor Returns Home, Surprises Boyfriend With Proposal

bildeWhen sailor Jerrel Revels returned to shore in Connecticut yesterday following six months aboard the USS New Mexico, he dropped to one knee, and proposed marriage to his boyfriend, Dylan Kirchner, according to The Day.

Revels’ proposal was witnessed by a crowd of approximately 200 people, including many of the couple’s family members and friends.

“It kind of tickled my mind every now and then that (he would propose) but I never expected this,” Kirchner said. “I didn’t really care everybody was around. It felt just like the two of us.”

The two men have not yet set a date for their wedding.

The engagement comes two years after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Connecticut since 2008.

Photo: Kristina Young / U.S. Navy Photo

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  • Mike

    Oh c’mon no video?

  • Teleny

    So cute!

  • millhouse

    Congrats and I hope it works out for them. However, I’m going to play cynic on this one due to some omitted details found in the linked article:

    -The two have known each other for a little less than a year, and of that time Revels had been on the USS New Mexico for six months.

    -Their ages weren’t mentioned, but the median crew age was mentioned as being 20.

  • DrJay

    @millhouse: Wow, I can’t even be happy for them then. They haven’t even known each other for a year? And when you’re on that boat you’re disconnected from the outside world so not only were they not seeing each other, but they weren’t even talking. Gay or straight, they’re 2 dumb ass kids.

  • johnconroy5

    @Millhouse and DR Jay, I’m sure the young lovers won’t lose sleep over the fact that either of you “can’t be happy” for them, grow up and mind your own business! I however wish them both happiness and longevity and thank them for making me smile today :-)

  • AndrewIB

    Good grief, they are barely dating yet they are getting hitched..

    Well I’m sure it’s all very touching and terribly sweet, yeah sure I wish them luck in the world..yadda yadda yadda..

  • Hermes

    What the h*ll is wrong with you people. My partner and I have been together for 20 years, going on 21. We have kids. He had known me six months when he humped my leg because I’m dense and wasn’t getting passes (I presumed he was straight, as I do everyone) we’ve been together ever since. These two have known each other for a year give or take — and physical separation doesn’t matter if you love each other.

  • Suburban

    Mike, that was my reaction too.

  • Rob Moore

    I’ve known a lot of people both gay and straight who knew each other for years, only to split up a year after merging households. I also know a couple of men who moved in together after dating for three months. Ten years later, they are planning a trip to a state that recognizes gay marriage in May of 2014 to get married just because. When they told me about it, I felt such happiness.

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