Have you seen the photo of male marine jumping into his partner's arms and kissing him as he returns home from deployment? You probably have; the picture has been going viral on Facebook (and other places) in the last forty-eight hours. Originally posted on the "Gay Marines" Facebook page, the picture of Sgt. Brandon Morgan and his partner at a Hawaii homecoming from Afghanistan clearly struck a chord with people only five months after Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed — besides popping up in your news feed at least ten times, the romantic snap has over 36,000 likes and 8,000 comments. Naturally, some people are already comparing it to the iconic VJ Day kiss. (Though that's what any romantic military or military adjacent snapshot is compared to all the time, always.) Here's what Sgt. Morgan had to say about the photo:
To everyone who has responded in a positive way. My partner and I want to say thank you. 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.
So cute! (Also cute: Morgan refers to his partner, who has not been named, as "the giant." Very apt, but also very precious.)
But readers, would it shock you to know that some people do not approve of this heartfelt expression of love from a man who risked his life for our country because he's expressing it with another man? From the Facebook comments:
this is so wrong on every level!!! no great lose if he would have died over there!!
Congrats on being terrible at humanity and spelling! Thankfully, the ratio of hateful idiocies to cutes and awwws is about 1:100, so most people understand how sweet and exciting a picture like this really is. Hopefully you like it, too — because you will be seeing it for weeks until even your seventy-year-old aunt has posted it to her wall. Enjoy!