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