It was quite the romantic scene at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. on Aug. 12, when a sailor on the USS New Mexico popped the question to his longtime partner after six months at sea.
The New London Day reports that Petty Officer 2nd class Jerrel Revels dropped to one knee before proposing to his partner, Dylan Kirchner, at the base's Pier 31. As the publication pointed out, the scene is emblematic of the nation's post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" mindset, nearly two years after the controversial U.S. military policy's repeal.
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"It kind of tickled my mind every now and then that (he would propose) but I never expected this," Kirchner, a Connecticut resident who was introduced to the Texas-born Revels last September, told The Day's Kerry M. Flynn. "I didn't really care everybody was around. It felt just like the two of us."
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Same-sex proposals and weddings among U.S. military personnel are continuing to make headlines since the 2011 repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Earlier this year, an active U.S. Marine and his partner tied the knot in a stylish Seattle ceremony after making history in December when they became the first same-sex couple to get engaged at the White House.
In 2012, a gay U.S. marine was greeting with a wedding proposal from his partner (also a Navy veteran) at San San Diego's Camp Pendleton in what was reported to be the first same-sex engagement between two gay men, not to mention two war vets, on a U.S. military base, according to the San Diego LGBT Weekly.