Photo of Gay Marine Kissing Partner Goes Viral

By: Michael Matson
2.27.2012

Shortly after a photo of U.S. Marine Brandon Morgan planting a passionate homecoming kiss on his partner Dalan Wells (left) appeared on the Gay Marines Facebook page Saturday afternoon, the image went viral in social media. By Monday morning, the pic had racked up over 16,000 likes, 3,000 shares, and 3,500 comments.

Upon learning what was happening with his photo, Sgt. Morgan wrote a message to Steve Rothaus of the Miami Herald that read, “I’m glad I can be an inspiration to someone. Thank you very much for sharing my story.”

The Miami Herald also ran another photo from the couple’s homecoming kiss in Hawaii (below) and Joe My God posted a more detailed response from Sgt. Morgan’s Facebook page about the image going viral:

“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.

 

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