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Gay Military Couple's Marriage Proposal Photo Goes Viral

Here come the tears (again)! 

Friends and family gathered to watch the surprise marriage proposal from Navy Lieutenant Kyle Bandermann to his boyfriend Lance Buchanan in Washington D.C. 

This photo went viral after it was posted by the American Military Partners Association on Facebook:

BuzzFeed has a breakdown of the emotional proposal and how it all went down! You can also read a first hand account from Lance and Kyle on their blog!

Kyle made a point of expressing why he chose to wear his Naval uniform for the proposal, explaining:

First, anyone who knows my work knows that I love my fellow service members, the camaraderie of the military community, and specifically the culture, pride, and professionalism of the U.S. Navy. It has become a part of my identity and I am grateful to call the Navy home. I am myself, both in uniform and civilian clothes. However, I realize that being a Naval Officer calls me to something much bigger than myself, and provides me a sense of pride and awareness of my actions while wearing my Nation’s colors.

Secondly, when we as service members ask our partner to become our spouse, we’re also asking them to commit to being a part of the military family. Lance has sacrificed a great deal for me and the Navy. He moved from his comfort zone and family in rural Western North Carolina to the metropolitan D.C. area. He will sacrifice even more for his country in November as we move halfway around the world to the Island of Guam for three years. It is only right that I officially ask him to join the Navy family as we begin to form our own. Our military spouses are as much an integral part of the military structure as we service members are.

Sigh. Lt. Bandermann is definitely worthy of a salute! 

Check out more photos from their special day:

Congratulations to the happy couple as they marry and take the next step on their journey when they're stationed in Guam! 

Image Source (H/T: BuzzFeed

Comments

Somehow, all I see are the people who are capturing the moment with their phones.

This story and these pictures touched my heart. I wish the best for them, and their example gives so much hope; thank you!

I am a gay Catholic and same sex marriage is a real thorn in  the side of the Church and yet it is a reality even that venerable will have to come around to one day. As for myself I have never contemplated it. For these two men may they grow in love and respect for each other daily.

PAX ET BONUM 

My pastor said God gave boys wieners and girls wee wees. Two wieners do not connect, and 2 wee wees don't connect. It should be like how the male plug fits into female wall socket. Or how a light bulb screws into its socket. That is why this is so wrong. 

So if your pastor says it, it must me true. Alot like the Internet. Everything on there is true too. #yourpastorisabigot

There is allot of what you said that is just bull, but what I find the most bothersome is that you and your paster use the words WIENERS and WEE WEE'S .  as if you were 5 years old, i am guessing you are not  since you are here at a gay site, So as we are all adults  feel  free to use big boy or big girl words. You and your paster.

I'm afraid your pastor is not up-to-date on the finer points of gay sex. But, then again... ya never know! See, we have NO problems having sex. Gays figured this out long, long ago. In fact, gays and straights get their jollies in lots of fun ways. So tell your pastor that we have this covered.
Btw, this is probably an improper forum for discussions of how these two beautiful people like to have sex. This is a moment to celebrate the beauty of love. So why is your "homophobic" [read "curious"] ass trolling a gay magazine's website?
If you are struggling with your sexuality, please feel free to call the Trevor Hotline, speak to a REAL counselor, or just come on out. The water's fine.
Thanks,
Rus

Your pastor also told you there is such a thing as heaven. Grow up.

Congratulations to you both you look like an amazing couple.i hope you both have a great life together. I have just celebrated 25 years with my partner and we are still very happy congratulations again xx

KevDobbins has a tiny penis.

I would like to say I Dont know why name calling is necessary.I find it offensive from both sides. If you ignore the troll he has no ammunition.. feed him he grows starve him he dies. I am not a gay person. I am from the south a hillbilly? An Uncalled for comment to slur someone who slurred you..offending me from the South who feel it is wrong to be stereotyped just as much as you feel it is wrong to be ridiculed. Let the TROLL die.

That's beautiful and so romantic.

Sweet, envy me!

CONGRATULATIONS NEWLYWED COUPLE...MORE POWER AND GODBLESS!

The guy to the left wears dentures! Chuggin all them dicks chipped his teeth away to nuthin.

Filthy, worthless whore!

See I think he just has really pretty teeth. I know that dental hygiene is probably as foreign a concept as dating outside one's own family tree.

People say about others what they truly feel about themselves.  You just exposed your own self worth. 

You need to grow up and accept other people's differences. You sound like a perfectly horrible person.

They are truly beautiful! So much joy in their face. CONGRATS!

God Bless in every way possible. Good on you, Boys.

God bless them both with continued happiness. Such a lovely couple. All you need is love and this couple proves it.

Gay proposals are so much cuter than boring hetero proposals to me. Loved this!

STUNNING! I have tears

I think you two make the most adorable couple! Good luck in your upcoming marriage. You're right about the sacrifices the family of a military member has to make. I think it was absolutely wonderful that you wore your colors for the proposal. Bless both your hearts!

I personally think both of them are smoking hot. Congrats and may you always have happiness

I love their love :)

Awwww!! This is SO CUTE!!!

Is he wearing dentures??

Prolly sucking all that cock from grindr chipped his teeth away to nothing.

A beautiful moment to share. I wish them the best of luck.

Haters will be haters. And haters will end up bitter and alone. Love the love !! Congratulations guys !! You two look amazing !!

They are soooo gross!

He is waaay tooooo old for the other one. The younger one looks like he is wearing false teeth. Prolly got all his teeth chipped away from sucking all that nasty dick off grindr.

You sure know alot about Grindr. Maybe a little too much. 

This is a hetero troll. Heteros need to go do what they are good at (divorcing, cheating on their spouse and molesting innocent children) and leave gay blogs alone. Are you heteros that bored in your lame existence? Sorry, sad breeders.

You guys do realize this dude trolls on here all the time, right? He's just a basic troll. Very basic. And boring.

Wow! What a ridiculous and stupid thing to say. Casting judgement on them simply because they don't meet your standards of visual perfection? How moronic and childish! It's especially silly considering that neither of them is actually that bad looking at all. They are both certainly much better looking than me! I'm currently in the process of getting teeth implants to replace my horrible messed up teeth, so I would LOVE to have that guys perfect looking teeth.

It would be interesting to see a picture of what you look like, so we can all point out every little flaw in your face and put you down for no reason what-so-ever. I personally wouldn't enjoy doing that though as I have compassion for others (yes even nasty scumbags like yourself to a certain degree) and certainly don't judge them on how they look. I would hate to be like you. You're probably young though and haven't yet developed your mental faculties, although I suspect you never will. Anyway, well done for (yet again) proving to the world that homophobes really do have nothing intelligent to say.

You Sound Like A Bitter Caddy Queen Love Is Love So Take Your Hatred And GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry you must be so perfect. I mean, all of us normal people living our lives must make you miserable. I'd reccomwnd maybe starting a cult of perfect people, where you can all live together in perfect harmony.

Meanwhile, the normal, not asshole types can just keep going without worrying about interfering with your perfect viewpoints.

Again, I'm sorry we indvaded your space. Would it be offensive if we bought you some land to settle on?

YOU are the worst kind of scum. YOU are part of the problem in this world, so full of hate, bitterness and judgement. Go crawl back under the rock you came from and stick your head back up your butt. WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE???? You claim to be "normal" but if you are indeed what you claim, I'm very happy that I'm not part of that group. No doubt that you are a Republican, gun-toting hillbilly living in the back woods of some trailer park. That explains a LOT!!

I hope you read my post..it was in part to your comment in your post assuming he has to be a gun toting hillbilly etc. We all come from different walks in life and how dumb stupid or ignorant you are depends on where you are standing in this world when you open your mouth.. for us all. Dont feed the haters your just going where they want you be stronger than words and smart enough not to feed the demons.

TRUST ME YOUR NOT INVADING ANY SPACE OF MINES!!!!!!! I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY AND LOVED SORRY YOU DONT HAVE THAT AND WITH A RESPONSE LIKE THIS YOUR GIVING I CAN SEE WHY YOU SOUND LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT WITH THIS COMMENT DONT COME FOR ME ITS QUEENS LIKE YOU THAT I CHOOSE NOT TO BE BOTHERED WITH MY PARTNER IS 10YRS OLDER THAN ME ITS HE IS THE BEST THING THATS HAPPENED IN MY LIFE SO ITS OBVIOUS YOUR JUST BITTER 

This is what our community & the world need to see! Two normal looking men in love wanting to spend life with each other! The slut emo spun gaping hole porno stereotypes are hurting us!

You cum drunk old faggott! You think these are "Two normal looking men"??

The age difference is too vast, and the younger one looks like a FREAK with that weird, crooked smile/horse teeth and FREAKY face.

If this is "normal" in the gay world no wonder it is criticized so much.

Gays have far more power than you breeders. This beautiful couple is FAR more attractive than any breeders I've seen. Don't be angry church attendance is at an all time low. We gays ran circles around your kind.

KEVIN YOUR IGNORANCE IS SHOWING ITS PRETTY PATHETIC OF YOU YOUR HOMOPHOBIC HATRED WILL NOT BRING US DOWN IN THE END YOU AND YOUR IGNORANCE WILL LOSE AND ITS ALREADY STARTED TO HAPPEN SO WHY DONT YOU TAKE YOUR HATRED ELSEWHERE ITS NOT EVEN NEEDED HERE THIS IS ONE GAY PERSON THAT DOESNT BACK DOWN YOU SARCASTIC ASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Calm your shit, buddy. No one gives a crap.

Don't bother with this guy. He clearly isn't right in the head. Homophobes have a tendency to be that way.

Congratulations to both of you! May you have a long career in the service too! As retiree from 1996, it was a hard road - we got married in DC in Oct 2013 and never been happier. Enjoy your life together! 

So great seeing this. Never would've guessed this was possible when I was in

Congratulations! <3

They look so cute. :') *teary eyes*

You can see their happiness in their smiles!  AWESOME!!

Congratulations!

WOW está sorprendiendo esta WOW!! CREO QUE ES AMOR LA VERDAD EN REALIDAD  ES TODO UN CABALLERO AL DEMOSTRAR SU AMOR SIN IMPORTARLE NADA PORQUE SU AMOR ES UNICO

Lovely. Such classy act.

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