A gay Navy veteran on Tuesday surprised
his Marine boyfriend with a marriage proposal as he returned home
According to LGBT
Weekly, the proposal is believed to be the first to take place
on a military base.
San Diego resident Cory Huston, who was
drummed out of the Navy for violating “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,”
greeted his homecoming boyfriend, Avarice Guerrero, at Camp Pendleton
with a hug and a proposal.
“This is a huge step for me,”
Huston told the paper.
When Guerrero finally arrived, the
couple who had been separated by a 10-month deployment hugged and
“Huston went anxiously down on one
knee; looked up at Guerrero, who was dressed from head to toe in
military fatigues, and produced an engagement ring and the
time-honored phrase, 'Will you marry me?'" the paper reported.
“Yes,” Guerrero answered.
“I was blown away,” Guerrero said.
“I was shocked that after all we'd been through, he would honestly
want to spend the rest of his life with someone like me.”