An homecoming kiss between Marine Sargent Brandon Morgan and his partner Dalan Wells is being criticized as making the military look “ridiculous.”

Upon arriving home from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, Morgan was met on the tarmac by his boyfriend, Wells, an artist. A photo of Morgan leaping into Wells' arms for a kiss made national headlines.

The kiss wouldn't have been possible only last year, before the military repealed its “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy which barred gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

(Related: Brandon Morgan, Dalan Wells say kiss photo could help struggling gay teens.)

Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, a group opposed to gay troops serving in the military, has suggested that military officials coerced opponents not to criticize the couple.

“Not one of those people, Marines or their families, was in a position to state freely what they felt,” Donnelly told

Donnelly also criticized a Marine Corps Base Hawaii spokeswoman's statement describing the kiss as “your typical homecoming photo.”

“This demonstrates just how fragile the culture of the military is,” she said. “Here she is speaking officially for the Marine Corps. Her statement reflects a cultural reversal.”

The spokeswoman “knows this is not a truthful statement.”

Donnelly also reiterated her claim that the Obama Administration manipulated data to convince Congress to overturn the law.

“Contrary to most news accounts, the Comprehensive Review Working Group process was not a study,” she said. “Its purpose was to circumvent and neutralize military opposition to repeal of the law.”