Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 9.05.34 AMMarine Sergeant Brandon Morgan tied the knot with Dalan Wells last week — a milestone they couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago.

In 2012, just four months after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell went into effect, Morgan and Wells became a viral sensation and symbol of a new era when a photo of the two embracing made the rounds.

Sergeant Morgan had just returned from a six-month tour in Afghanistan, and did what any committed partner dreams of when they get home — he ran into the arms of his loved one.

The giant American flag just happened to be framed for optimal symbolism:

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“This is a homecoming picture – gay, straight, lesbian, no matter who you are, love is love,” Morgan said of the photo at the time.

Morgan proposed to Wells one year later in 2013 — an event that was also captured:

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