Sunday, April 29, 2012

Homecoming (video): pull out the hankies!

From the UK campaign for Marriage Equality. Makes the point, don't you think?

Now some people think that the kiss at the end is Too Much. Well, the UK "gets it" more than we do. When I lived in England in the very early 90s, I was surprised to find that romantic movies on TV included those with gay themes, which included kisses like this, and romantic encounters headed towards the bedroom. It was no big deal. It amused me that in the UK, they would bleep gross scenes on Star Trek for violence, but not fairly explicit sex talk (straight or gay).

But in THIS country, we're only hung up on sex, and we don't blink about violence. I prefer the priorities of the Beeb (BBC), I must say. So probably most people HAVEN'T seen two men, or two women, kissing romantically. So that's why there was a bit of a kerfuffle here when a Marine came home and wrapped himself around his partner. (I thought it was adorable, myself.)

However, the situation in the British advertisement has now happened for real in San Diego, when Marine Avarice Guerrero returned home to his boyfriend Cory Huston  from deployment .
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.”
Can we say it together? AWWWWWW!


Mary Clara said...

I needed two hankies, one for each couple! (snif)

IT said...

indeed! Gets me every time. and i love that the real-life story was a MARINE.