Love counts

26 Feb

The image of loveAs you can imagine, this photo has elicited some pretty interesting comments (some extreme on both sides of the issue) on Facebook.

Some will say, “Awwwww, isn’t that adorable” when a young child runs up to jump in the arms of his returning father (or the girlfriend/wife of that soldier does the same). It’s interesting that those same people; people like Buster Kincaid, are then the first to say, “I appreciate their service to their country, but this picture makes me want to puke~!”

Sorry you’re feeling ill, Buster, but if that’s the case then get off your ass, join the service and do the work yourself you sorry, closed-minded, small town lil’ bigot.

Every man or woman serving our country and the citizens that comprise it, who put their lives on the line daily (for us), who are separated from their loved ones for months and/or years at a time, DESERVE the opportunity to embrace and kiss their partner upon their long-delayed arrival home. If it makes you uncomfortable to see two people in love, then perhaps it’s because you’ve very little room for love in your own heart presently.

Make the room!

For those questioning (you’d have to read some of the comments on the photo, as shared on Clem’s page) the gender of the marine returning from deployment… His name is Brandon Morgan, returning to the arms of his partner Dalan (this info via Joe Moderate). The photo was first shared on the “Gay Marines” Facebook page here.

In closing, thanks to ALL those serving who put their lives on the line every day, in service to their/our country. Your sacrifice is appreciated!


Update: Anita Kinley (friend on Facebook) has written a wonderful article and included additional photos taken of both, Brandon and Dalan. For the doubting-Thomas’s of this world, if there are any, the photos of this loving couple that have made their way around the Internet tell only a part of the story. The love they share for each other is clearly evident while listening to them talk of each other (and VERY evident in a video of the same homecoming, that was shared by Brandon with friends on his own Facebook page earlier this past week). I am proud of both of these young men, thirty-eight (38-YO) year old internationally-acclaimed artist Dalan Wells and twenty-five (25-YO) year old and Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan.


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54-years old and determined to sail through life with a smile (but sometimes brash as hell). LOL. Born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico but having lived more than half of my life in Texas. Raised with a strong faith in God but describe myself more as simply a faithful person rather than a Christian. (Too many people rely on their religious 'beliefs' as an excuse to maintain a closed mind rather than emulate the loving nature I believe Jesus Christ did represent.) Registered as a Democrat but fiscally I'm probably more likely to identify with the Republicans. Am equally disgusted with both parties at the moment and tired of the status quo in Washington, D.C. I'm a spiritualist who believes you should reach for your dreams and believes you can attain them, for the only thing that really stands between you and your goals ... is yourself. Favorite quote of recent is "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, the present is a 'present' (a gift)..." —Author unknown

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  1. Anita Kinley

    March 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you Michael for the comments concerning my article and for adding a link to my write-up in your post.

    It was very important to me to present this article to not only my readers, but to others who might have the opportunity to see it, in the hopes that they would be compelled to acknowledge the truth in Brandon’s statement: “Love is Love.” The more exposure that Dalan and Brandon’s story receives is a opportunity to show support for LGBT rights and for our equality as human beings; Ideals that I personally support. It is my desire to provide a voice for those fighting to maintain their humanity, civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights.

  2. davide

    February 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    michael how do I comment on this post?

    • MichaelM

      February 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      ??? Same way that you just did. Type and press submit. Just keep on-topic or at the very least, not try to stir up an argument about things I’ve said in response to somebody in a totally unrelated post on another blog, that others are completely uninformed about.

      (Am assuming that is why you’re asking.)