Marine's Jaw-Dropping Photo: 'Coming to Gay Bar Near You'
1st Marine Expeditionary Force has promised 'appropriate action'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2016 7:26 AM CDT
Marines salute at Camp Pendleton in 2012.   (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire)
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(Newser) – Two Marines are under investigation after a photo was posted Wednesday to Facebook showing a uniform-clad corporal with his hand on the trigger of a rifle aimed at the camera and the message, "Coming to a gay bar near you!" The image, believed to be from Snapchat, was posted to a private Facebook group for male Marines at California's Camp Pendleton with the caption "Too soon?" The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force has promised "appropriate action," noting the Marine in the photo and the one who posted it have both been identified, reports the Marine Corps Times. A rep says "the command is taking this incident seriously" and "does not tolerate discrimination."

"This type of behavior and mindset will not be allowed, and it is not consistent with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment that are demonstrated by the vast majority of Marines on a daily basis," a statement adds. A Marine rep notes military members are banned from promoting discrimination and from wearing the uniform in such a manner that could harm the Marines, per the San Diego Union-Tribune. The co-founder of the "Camp MENdleton Resale" Facebook group says the Marine who posted the "very insensitive and possibly dangerous photo" was banned and the photo removed as soon as it was reported. (A similar threat was found on Craigslist.)