#1. Marine Sergeant Brandon Morgan of Heavy Marine Helicopter squadron 363 greeting his partner Dalan upon his return from deployment:
#2. Naval Petty Officer Marissa Gaeta of the USS Oak Hill greeting her fiancée Citlalic upon her return from 80 days at sea:
Just five months ago, these photos would have cost these service members their jobs. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and ::shudder:: Rick Santorum have all stated that as president they would work to reinstate the idiotic DADT policy (of the four remaining GOP candidates, only Ron Paul has said he would not).
I am grateful to President Obama for spearheading the repeal of DADT, ending DOJ defense of Section 3 of DOMA, requiring Medicare- and Medicaid-recipient hospitals to grant same-sex partner visitation, and adding Federal investigation assistance and sentencing intensifiers for crimes motivated by orientation or gender identity bias.
Now I am not a glassy-eyed, foaming Obama supporter. He's done some frustrating, boneheaded, even outright unconstitutional stuff in the last three years.
But the Obama administration has made huge advances in justice under the law for my family and community. So apart from Ron Paul winning the GOP nomination, I don't think I will have to think long about who I will vote for this November.