A U.S. Navy tradition has caught up with the repeal of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on gays serving openly in the military.
The Navy said two women shared the coveted “first kiss” Wednesday when the USS Oak Hill returned to its Virginia base. Marissa Gaeta descended from the ship and shared a quick kiss with her partner, Citlalic Snell. The crowd screamed and waved Navy flags around them.
Naval officials said it was the first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen to kiss first upon a ship’s return. Both women are fire controlmen in the Navy. They met at training school and have been dating for two years.
According to ABC News “Navy officials said it was the first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen to kiss first upon a ship’s return. Sailors and their loved ones bought $1 raffle tickets for the opportunity.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.