A gay military couple who live near Springfield, Missouri say they are surprised by the attention a “first married kiss” photo has received.

Spc. Shane Adriano and Pfc. Tristian Resz married last week at the Greene County Courthouse surrounded by a few friends.

A “first married kiss” photo they shared on Facebook, however, turned their intimate ceremony into a global event.

“It just keeps getting reshared,” Ariano told the News-Leader of the photo. “We had a little bit of negative comments on there, but I wasn't even expecting that many people to like it and share it over and over again.”

“The majority of people who were commenting and sharing, they were doing it because they are proud of how far the military has come,” Resz said. “Up until 2011 it was illegal to be be openly gay in the military. Now, it's legal for us to be married.”