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EXCLUSIVE: Gay Marine says I do on base; a first - SeattleGirl - 04-30-2012 09:36 PM
Balloons, signs, tears, and joy may not be unusual sights on military bases when family and friends await their returning veteran’s safe return home from a long deployment, but a wedding proposal by a boyfriend to his Marine boyfriend is. That’s what happened Tuesday at Camp Pendleton, when San Diego resident, Cory Huston, himself a Navy veteran once assigned to the Marines as a hospital corpsman asked Marine Avarice Guerrero to marry him. It is believed to be the first proposal of marriage and engagement between two gay men – not to mention two war vets – on a US military base. In an exclusive, San Diego LGBT Weekly was there to photograph the historic proposal.
Finally, luggage in tow, Guerrero emerged with a smile on his face. Upon seeing Huston, Guerrero dropped his bags; aimed a kiss toward Huston’s lips; and opened his arms to his boyfriends waiting embrace. The time and distance of 10 months’ separation evaporated in a public show of affection that less than a year ago would have been cause for court martial. After a few minutes of emotional holding and kissing, Huston went anxiously down on one knee; looked up at Guerrero, who was dressed from head to toe in military fatigues; and produced an engagement ring and the time-honored phrase, “Will you marry me?”
Huston’s mild tremble, a result of hours and days of anticipation about this day, was quickly quieted by the one word every hopeful fiancé wants to hear: “Yes.”
“I was blown away,” Guerrero said, staring at the shining ring on his finger shortly after the proposal. “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.”
I think there's something in my eye........
RE: EXCLUSIVE: Gay Marine says I do on base; a first - jaxx - 04-30-2012 09:50 PM
There's something in my eyes too. What a sweet story!
To think of all the years of having to hide loving someone, but not anymore.
RE: EXCLUSIVE: Gay Marine says I do on base; a first - SeattleGirl - 04-30-2012 09:51 PM
(04-30-2012 09:50 PM)jaxx Wrote: There's something in my eyes too. What a sweet story!
I know. And what a tremendous leap forward repealing DADT is proving to be! I congratulate the happy couple and hope to see more follow in their footsteps.