The photo of two gay military men enjoying their first kiss as a married couple became viral on social media after it was shared by The American Military Partner Association.
Both Spc. Shane Adriano and Pfc. Tristian Resz, proudly gay, serve in the military—a feat for the LGBT community. Even though the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gay and lesbian service members has been lifted since 2011, there still exists a stigma against gays in the military.
The couple got married in an intimate ceremony at the Green County Courthouse in Springfield, Missouri on February 11, 2016. Although the wedding was only attended by a few of their friends and family, it would soon become well-known (and well-received) by the public.
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As the story had gone viral, several members of the public and their fellow military servicemen (including some veterans) commented positively on the post. Many congratulated the couple and advised them to ignore the hate comments and simply enjoy their love for each other.
There were a number of harsh comments regarding their marriage and how it was abominable in the sight of God as well. The couple chose to ignore these and simply dwell on the positive comments.
Here’s the original post from The American Military Partner Association.
What do you think of this same-sex marriage between these two military servicemen?