A photo on a Facebook page has gone viral ever since it was posted up a few days ago. The photo in question shows a US Marine named Brandon Morgan kissing his gay partner upon his homecoming from serving overseas at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.
Since it was posted up on the Gay Marines Facebook page, well over 25,000 people have given the photo a thumbs up and the “likes” have been rising rapidly. The photo has been shared and commented upon over 4,500 times on the Facebook page, mostly supporting Sgt. Morgan and his partner’s display of affection at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. One writer went on as far as saying that this photo may become as iconic as the 1945 photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square.
While it’s going to take a lot more interest in Sgt. Brandon Morgan’s foto de jour to become as iconic as that VJ Day photo, it’s interesting to see the interaction of the overwhelmingly supportive comments on the Facebook page and the small minority of readers who are bashing the photo. Sgt. Morgan has been amazed by the enormous amount of interest the photo is generating and said this on his blog 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
Here is an example of comments that are literally flying off the Gay Marine Facebook Page:
“Thank you for serving and protecting our country! The freedom that you afford us is finally freedom that you can enjoy as well! God Bless you!”
“It will be because of your bravery in battle, your putting your very lives on the line for your country, that will tip the balance in our own country in favor of JUSTICE as regards marriages of people of the same gender. I salute you all!!!!!”
“All the spilled blood of our Brothers (and Sisters) is the same. You have my fondest admiration and thanks…..”
Of course, there are negative and derogatory comments being posted up as well but there are far more positive comments that appear to support the congressional repeal of the Don’t’ Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) military policy last September.
This wasn’t the first time a photo a same sex couple kissing other created a stir in the military and in the public sentiment. Last year, Marissa Gaeta and Citalic Snell, who are both lesbian Naval petty officers kissed when Gaeta returned from a tour of duty on the USS Oak Hill. Ms. Gaeta and Ms. Snell both remarked that their historic moment was a long time coming.
Polls have suggested that nearly 80% of all Americans support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. Moreover the majority of both liberals and conservatives support the repeal. How do you feel about the photo? Do you feel like this was a long time coming? Sgt. Brandon Morgan wrote to me that he would love to be an inspiration to more people. Sgt. Morgan, I think this is just the beginning. Thank you for your service and your courage. You’ve already inspired thousands of people to eliminate the hate that is going on in America.