Sgt. Brandon Morgan and his partner Dalan Wells never expected that a simple welcome home kiss would get so much attention. Sgt. Morgan arrived in Hawaii on Saturday and was welcomed home by his partner Dalan Wells, just like any other couple who have been separated by military duty.
The Gay Marines Facebook page posted the photo of Morgan and Well’s and it has received quite a bit of attention:
- Almost 36,000 “Likes”
- Almost 6,000 “Shares”
- Almost 9,000 “Comments”
Brandon Morgan and Dalan Wells, an artist, have been through four years and three deployments together, sharing their feelings upon reconciliation came naturally to them.
According to the blog joemygod, Sgt. Morgan posted on his Facebook page:
“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
The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy implemented during the first Clinton Administration barred openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military. In September 2011 the Obama Administration lifted the ban.