Photo of the Day: A Gay Marine's Homecoming

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A photo of a Marine returning from deployment and leaping into the arms of his partner burns up the Internet.

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Following the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, heartwarming photos of gay servicemen and servicewomen returning home from war are becoming a genre unto themselves, but this picture seems to be hitting a nerve. Since it was posted Saturday on the Facebook group Gay Marines, it's racked up more than 17,000 likes (as of writing -- it keeps climbing). The Marine is Brandon Morgan, whose Facebook page shows he's your standard foul-mouthed warrior. LGBT blogger Joe. My. God. has this from Morgan:

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.

Seriously, that guy's partner is gigantic. Maybe a recruiter ought to talk to him.

Via Huffington Post.

Image: Facebook

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David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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