Military homecomings are a blessed and beautiful thing. People who haven't seen one another in months, sometimes even years, coming back together is so gorgeous, it makes even the toughest among us weep like a child. This is why a recent military homecoming featuring a gay Marine is particularly poignant.
Brandon Morgan -- the Marine in the photo -- wasn't looking to become famous when he shared the photo of himself greeting his partner, his legs wrapped around the other man's waist, their lips locked in a happy kiss. He was just expressing his relief at being home and back together.
But the photo went viral. And for good reason. It's beautiful. Morgan addressed the 3,000 comments (and 14,000 "likes") he has received with this:
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....Goodnight all, and Semper Fi.
Amen. Why should gays in the military be such a controversy. Like all of us, homosexuals love their partners and miss them when they're apart. They feel the same way any straight person does when they are serving in the military, away from family. And gay people have strengths and weaknesses just like straight people.
There is no difference.
So why does everyone want to make one? I, for one, salute Morgan and his service to our country. He is brave and proud and if he has a boyfriend, then good for him. Why is it any of my business who a Marine who is brave enough to serve our country loves? Answer: It's not.
For those who might judge or hate on Morgan, I wonder what they've done lately that is brave and good and true. Not only did Morgan serve our country, he also bravely posted his romantic and beautiful homecoming up the same way so many straight families have. And why shouldn't he?
It's courageous and valiant and may help others serving in the military feel like their love and life is valid, too. I commend Morgan and his partner, but even more, I commend all military families for the sacrifices they all make. Because every single one of them, gay, straight, bisexual, or however identified, all make the same brave and amazing sacrifice and we owe it to all of them to stand up and support them.
This is beautiful and this is love. Welcome home.
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