Look, I get it. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is over. I’ve just never seen a male in uniform straddle his significant other after a deployment. I know civilian wives who’ve jumped into their husbands’ arms and I’ll bet there have been female service members who scissor-lock their civilian husbands and kiss them. I’ve never seen it. Still, this picture startled me:
The Marine, Brandon Morgan, posted a response on his Facebook wall according to the JoeMyGod blog. “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.
He returned home from deployment and is jazzed. But he also received some negative feedback from the affair, including the gay kissing in uniform:
“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?”
Which is, of course, not altogether true. The Sergeants Major, Captains, Majors, and Colonels can’t say anything. They may care and they may not care. About the PDA or about Mr. Morgan’s sexual orientation. But homosexuality no longer follows Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Even if leadership cared about the PDA, no one is going to say anything. If I saw it, I would be mute too.
Lastly, why is their no mention of his rank? He is a Marine. Not some individual looking for publicity. . .