Marine Brandon Morgan and Dalan Wells
say a photo of them kissing after Morgan returned from an overseas
deployment could help struggling gay teens.
Morgan returned home from a six-month
deployment in Afghanistan on Wednesday. He was met on the tarmac by
his boyfriend of 4 years, Wells, an artist.
The photo received thousands of
comments and likes after it was posted on the Gay
Marines Facebook page. Most commenters left notes of
“Welcome home Marine!” wrote one.
“Thank you for your service! As a veteran of the U.S. Army it
brings tears to my eyes to see you be able to express your love
without fear. God bless you and your BF. May you have many more
Wells said he went along with making
the picture public because it could inspired troubled gay teens to
hang in there.
“I'm a very shy, private person,”
Wells told Honolulu's KHON2
News. “So, the only reason I would even be doing something
this crazy is because of that. And if this saves one kid who says,
you know, 'Look at this guy. He went and joined the Marine Corp.
His life is great.' Then, maybe, that will give them the courage to
hang on, and make it another day.”
Morgan said he's been overwhelmed with
“It's been overwhelming, honestly. I
didn't expect this. We didn't do it for the fame at all.”
“It is a homecoming picture,” he
said. “Gay, straight, lesbian no matter who you are, love is
A spokesman for the Marine Corp Hawaii
agreed, saying in a statement, “It's your typical homecoming
Morgan added that he's no hero: “I'm
not a hero. The heroes are the ones that paved the way for me, to
allow me to do this. It's people who fought in Congress and who
fought to have equal rights who allowed me to even do this. They've
always been my heroes. We haven't fought for more rights or better
rights than others, we fought for equal rights, and now we have
them.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.
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