A Marine Comes Home


Above: A pic of the homecoming of Brandon Morgan, of the United States Marines Corps, posted to the Gay Marines Facebook page yesterday. It's now got 1,000 comments and 800 shares. 

The Marines involved are Morgan and Dalan Wells.

Thanks to Joe.My.God for forwarding it along. He's also found this statement, from Mr. Morgan's own Facebook 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


  1. CD says

    This picture made the tumblr rounds yesterday, and I also saw it on someone’s personal facebook page, but I don’t think it was either men in the photo. I can’t be sure because it doesn’t state the partner’s name. From my understanding this glorious event took place in Kansas City, Missouri.

  2. Paul R says

    So sweet. Though I am not sure which man is the “giant.” They both look about even.

    But I am a terrible judge of height. I’m guessing the guy on the left?

  3. Greg says

    If guys like this can make it work, then anyone can make any relationship work. What a cool photo, and a great story.

    By the way, notice the family behind them, oblivious, and probably okay with it. Military families know the deal.

  4. Dev says

    OMG this picture should’ve had a disclaimer! I almost died of AWWWWW overload! Lovely couple, you can really feel that they love each other. And again, AWWWWWW!

  5. uffda says

    OK, I’m still totally twitterpated over this picture, but go to the Gay Marines facebook site and read all the positive comments. Amost everyone loves these guys, this picture, this love.

  6. Leroy Laflamme says

    Joyful! Joyful! Images like this in the mainstream panorama are long overdue. Looks like the world is finally coming to its senses. Not sure why it’s taking so long …

  7. Barbara says

    Feel good picture of the year for sure! Thanks for sharing this. I feel great! By the way, my husband said that all people should view this photo, see 2 people in love & be happy for them.

  8. jason says

    Why is this picture being posted on a gay blog but not in the mainstream media like the kiss between the two women was for the Navy homecoming a month ago? Typical double standard.

    The liberal mainstream media clearly avoids pictures of two men kissing but seems to be more attracted to two women kissing, giving the latter more publicity.

    I’ve always told you that liberals have a homophobic double standard in this regard. Now, there’s proof. Oh, by the way, when is there going to be a Navy homecoming kiss between two men? Pigs might fly….

    Sadly, a lot of you GUI’s (gay useful idiots) will accept this sort of discrimination from the mainstream press.

  9. says

    “Shame on FB for taking it down. I would think that it would violate the 1st Amendment, which is what the Marine was fighting for.”

    It is back up. My guess is that if something is reported enough times, it is automatically hidden from public view until someone can hand-reject the content.

    Either way, Facebook can keep up or pull down what they like. They are not the government and Facebook is not a public forum. It is a private service where the company responsible for it can allow or deny any type of information exchange they wish.

    You might have a first amendment argument if facebook were an online forum hosted and maintained by government employees on government-owned servers.

  10. RyanInSacto says

    Jason – What the heck does this have to do with the mainstream media being “liberal?” Has Fox News posted this on their website? Townhall.com? Redstate.com? Breitbart? Is it getting applause across the right-wing blogosphere? All of these questions can all be easily answered with a two-letter word: No.

    And the following question can easily be answered with a three-letter word: Is Jason a trolling moron? Yes!

    Now go upstairs and ask your mom for a snack.

  11. al says

    Um, seriously folks, it’s pretty early to conclude that the any media are ignoring this pic. It was first posted online, what, yesterday? It’s only just starting to go viral. On a weekend.

    And as heartwarming as it is, this isn’t exactly breaking news requiring immediate action…

  12. Dback says

    I hope this becomes as iconic a picture as the sailor and the nurse in Times Square at the end of World War II. And I hope every homophobic commander who sent our young people into harm’s way over the past 11 years sees this, and realizes what a true soldier is.

  13. NaughtyLola says

    @Beto, the Facebook page certainly is up, I just clicked into it and poked around with no problem.

    And to the poster who wondered if the page being down was a 1st Amendment issue: I think you don’t quite understand what the Constitution does and does not protect (hint: Facebook is not the fourth branch of the Federal Government).

  14. Randall says

    I’m crying. I’m 55 years old and this picture has me in tears! I want to hug both of them!
    How can ANYONE think this is a bad thing???
    More power to you, kids. Be happy.
    Blessed Be.

  15. GeorgeM says

    Come on Jason
    Be a man not a troll. Things are moving jason I’m sure with no help from you. At least Rick told us a little about him and that he did some fighting to make the world a better place
    You, you just hide and hate hate hate women.
    Jason enjoy the pic, I hope you have that someday

  16. TJ says

    If you follow the link on JoeMyGod, Brandon’s Facebook profile can be accessed. I sent him a message, telling him that I wasn’t asking to be friended, but just wanted to thank him for his service, and this wonderful picture.

  17. says

    Dalan Here, (The guy on the left in the photo)
    I have been such a longtime fan of this site. Always loved everything Andy has done with the content and have turned a lot of others on to the site as well. So you can imagine my surprise to find myself on here! Never in a million years would have thought that would happen. We are both so grateful for all the support and positive comments we have received. Never thought that a simple post to his facebook page could have gone so viral. We have been so happy since he got back but very busy. Saving up for a car and starting to pack for our move to New Orleans for his next duty station. We are wondering what the reaction will be on our base tomorrow when Brandon shows up for work. No one made a scene at the hangar when Brandon got off the bus and jumped into my arms. Now however the semi-private homecoming kiss has spread across facebook to everyone in his command. We are very grateful to our good friend Dave Lewis who took the photo. Thanks again everyone, and Andy for making the day of a Towleroad super fan!

  18. uffda says

    Keep us posted Daylan, we want to know how the next few days are going to look, and I’m sure that a lot of us would love to see a few more pictures of you two. Your picture is now famous… because it should be.

  19. Donna says

    Hey as long as they are happy that is what counts and there are to many people unhappy in the world anymore so you don/t like it to bad I hope you both stay happy for many years I have my nephew is gay and very happy they got married and have 2 kids they could not ask for a happier life so good luck

  20. GeorgeM says

    Thanks for posting this moment in life. Believe it or not it matters and it helps. Besides showing that 2 men can and do love each other it shows the world that we want the same as everyone else, the opportunity to have that love.

    Thank Brandon for us, we appreciate his service

  21. MrRoboto says

    Dalan – Thanks to you and Brandon for sharing this beautiful image (even if the sharing was so unexpectedly viral). Good luck to you both in your coming move.

  22. vanndean says

    So neat,I turned it into tiled wallpaper on my computer monitor. I needed to remember this day that I never thought I would live to see. Congratulations to both of you. May your lives be long and filled with love and hopefully at least two kids saved from the haters and other evils of society.

  23. Steve J says

    In case anyone is worried about my above comment it’s good…. I remember when my husband was investigated by NIS for making sexual phone calls to a mutual friend who was a civilian female who just happened to be lesbian. He couldn’t use his best defense that he was married to her best friend. Me. She at least told NIS off like any good lesbian would.

  24. Scrooge says

    Congratulations to Dalan and his partner. But I have to say it is a little bit funny to me to see this pose with two men…Do I have internalized homophobia? Towleroad usually has some dissenters in comments section, can’t believe how uniform the reaction is…

  25. uffda says

    Well I for one hear nothing but Satan laughing. It’s sodomy I tell you, sodomy! Sin, seduction and perdition. My cane is shaking. Officer. Officer. Arrest those men. Those men with their sin juices stirring. Soon there’ll be spots right there on the American flag, with women and children nearby scandalized, horrified, traumatized. Report them, deport them, just DO something. Cordon off the place. Draw a curtain. Put holes in it…

  26. says

    “Why is this picture being posted on a gay blog but not in the mainstream media like the kiss between the two women was for the Navy homecoming a month ago? Typical double standard.

    The liberal mainstream media clearly avoids pictures of two men kissing but seems to be more attracted to two women kissing, giving the latter more publicity.”

    It’s all over the mainstream media today, Jason, so your theory doesn’t completely hold water.

    And, thanks, Dalan, for commenting. A treat for us. Hope the surprise attention continues to contain a lot of support. You guys deserve it. Best wishes!

  27. Bruce says

    The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times newspapers have apparently refused to publish this photo. Yet, they were amongst the first to publish the photo of the two women kissing at the Navy homecoming a couple of months back.

    Interesting, isn’t it?

  28. David Franklin says

    Being gay goes against God, my morals, and nature!!! You gays are destroying the fabric of humanity. Instead of a national coming out day u need to have a national get back straight day!!!

  29. Kyle L. says

    I LOVE THIS PHOTO! all our friends shared it with each other on facebook and everyone was VERY touched by it. It’s moving, powerful and pure love. Please never make apologies for who you inherently are. Your role in this world is not to live your ONE (short)life for the comfort level of others…your purpose in life is to live it for YOUR happiness.

    Christian talibans are fundementalist who need to be ignored, as they are no different than the most militant extremist in the middle east. Let the Bible thumpers scream themselves into a heartattack. You two are a beautiful couple! and millions of us are standing by you side by side.

  30. Michelle says

    Photos like this will inspire gay youth to realize it truly does get better! Thank you for this brave couple for being HONEST and true about who they are in life. It is a great testimony for equality and love.

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