A gay US marine returning from Afghanistan was given a surprise welcome home when his boyfriend got on one knee and proposed to him at his base in San Diego.
Navy veteran Cory Huston, who was discharged under the former Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, popped the question to marine Avarice Guerrero at southern California's Camp Pendleton on Tuesday (24 April).
It is one of the first proposals between two gay men on a military base.
The pair had been separated for 10 months while Guerrero served in the war torn Asian country and after kissing and embracing, Huston dropped to one knee and asked for his partner's hand in marriage, LGBT Weekly reported.
'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.'
The proposal and public display of affection wouldn't have been possible before the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy was repealed.
Previously soldiers serving in the US military faced the threat of dismissal if they were open about their sexuality.
In Februrary, a photo of US Marine Brandon Morgan arriving home from a tour of duty and leaping into the arms of his strapping boyfriend, Dalan Wells, went viral.