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US Marine has gotten married to boyfriend in viral homecoming kiss photo

US Marine has gotten married to boyfriend in viral homecoming kiss photo

The couple whose photo quickly became a symbol of the post-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era in the US got married last weekend in Honeoye Falls, New York.

Back in February 2012, Marine Sergeant Brandon Morgan returned from a six-month  tour of duty in Afghanistan . He jumped into the arms of his strapping boyfriend Dalan Wells at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Their homecoming kiss was captued by their friend, Dave Lewis, who later posted it on a Facebook page titled Gay Marines.

The photo went viral with more than 18,000 people clicking ‘like’ on it in less than 48 hours.

‘This is a homecoming picture—gay, straight, lesbian, no matter who you are, love is love,’ Morgan said in a 2012 interview with the Hawaiian TV station KHON. ‘We haven’t fought for more rights or better rights than anyone. We’ve fought for equal rights, and now we have them.’

Morgan popped the question to Wells in 2013, just a year after a picture of their romantic reunion took social media by storm. They have been together since 2008.

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that prevented gay and lesbian military personnel from serving openly officially ended in September 2011.