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Traditional Navy Homecoming Kiss is Gay in Historic First


The dock landing ship Oak Hill, deployed for three months in Central America, returned home today. As part of Navy tradition, one person is chosen to be the first off the boat to kiss a loved one.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta was chosen, and her girlfriend, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, was waiting.

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

As the homecoming drew near, the crew and ship’s family readiness group sold $1 raffle tickets for the first kiss. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta bought 50 - which is actually fewer than many people buy, she said, so she was surprised Monday to find out she'd won.

Her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, was waiting when she crossed the brow.

They kissed. The crowd cheered. And with that, another vestige of the policy that forced gays to serve in secrecy vanished.

A beautiful sight.

The Virginian-Pilot has also posted an interview with the couple, AFTER THE JUMP...

(image brian clark the virginian-pilot)

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  1. Lovely.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 21, 2011 3:16:44 PM

  2. Hooray! Belongs on the cover of Life magazine! So sweet!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 21, 2011 3:22:24 PM

  3. Congratula­tions Sailors! We've paid homage to you at http://OutMilitar­ - the gay military network.

    Posted by: Out Military | Dec 21, 2011 3:25:57 PM

  4. I wonder how the crowd would have reacted had the kiss been man-on-man. I doubt so positive.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 21, 2011 3:26:48 PM

  5. Wow is that an awesome pic! Makes my heart swell with pride.

    Posted by: Jersey | Dec 21, 2011 3:33:07 PM

  6. @ Keith: My thoughts exactly.

    Posted by: Leo | Dec 21, 2011 3:34:28 PM

  7. "They kissed. The crowd cheered." Take note Santorum, Bachman and the rest of you fools. This is how normal people feel; hatin' on the gays isn't an issue anymore. Stop drinking the tea, and look around.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 21, 2011 3:35:08 PM

  8. What happened to the raffle money?

    Posted by: Leroy | Dec 21, 2011 3:36:52 PM

  9. It's a shame Virginia, the nation's most anti-gay state, has such a huge number of military installations.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 21, 2011 3:50:35 PM

  10. Keith,
    I thought the same thing, and then I thought -OK, 'baby steps'

    Posted by: JHR459 | Dec 21, 2011 3:56:36 PM

  11. Apparently victory tastes like cherry chapstick. I like it.

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 21, 2011 3:59:14 PM

  12. i hope that this makes pat robertson suck air into every one of his orifices.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Dec 21, 2011 4:01:28 PM

  13. waiting for jason to chime in with his disdain...

    Posted by: gomez | Dec 21, 2011 4:01:58 PM

  14. Why didn't they choose two guys to kiss? It seems we've got another case of the liberal double standard operating in the military - girl-girl OK, guy-guy to be avoided if necessary.

    You see a lot of this double standard in liberalism. It's the reason why I won't be voting for any Democrat next year.

    Posted by: jason | Dec 21, 2011 4:25:12 PM

  15. Aw, drat. I'm not in before the guys get annoyed they weren't privileged enough to be first. But I will note, Towleroad, that kisses lack sexual orientation. That was a same-sex kiss, not a gay kiss. But keep trying.

    Posted by: Lysana | Dec 21, 2011 4:25:50 PM

  16. @Gomez: ...and Tank. And all the other miserable b*tch*s who inhabit the threads on this blog.

    Posted by: Danny | Dec 21, 2011 4:26:24 PM

  17. They would not have chosen two guys to kiss because it's not politically correct amongst straight liberals. Straight liberals only accept female-female relationships, not male-male ones. They might tolerate the male-male ones but they certainly don't accept them.

    Posted by: jason | Dec 21, 2011 4:30:08 PM

  18. The article said that they hold a raffle for who gets the ceremonial first kiss. You have participated in a raffle before, yes? Usually, they pick the ticket anonymously, without considering whether it would lead to a man-on-man kiss or not.

    Posted by: Harrison | Dec 21, 2011 4:33:09 PM

  19. The Jason robot has been turned on, yippee!

    We know, we know, liberals hate 2 men kissing. (As opposed to conservatives, who can't get enough, as long as it's behind a bathroom stall?)

    But why shouldn't it be two women? Women are in the military, after all. In large numbers, actually. And, more importantly than who gets to be first to show off their public kissing, this shows how far we've come in a short time. Not long ago, this would be grounds for discharge and a way to ruin these women's lives. Now it can be celebrated.

    Now the focus needs to be on repealing DOMA so that gay military families not only get to welcome each other openly but get the same protections and benefits straight military families take for granted.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 21, 2011 4:41:15 PM

  20. Thank you, Harrison.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 21, 2011 4:41:50 PM

  21. Or, you know, it was 2 ladies because they were the ones that won the raffle. You people who are annoying, sexist, and unable to either read or comprehend the very few words of the article, just please, please shut up. Just have some consideration for your fellow man and stop posting.

    But on topic, yay! It is a great historic moment. Those 2 petty officers must feel pretty good right now. Hope they are enjoying their time back together.

    Posted by: John from MN | Dec 21, 2011 4:42:57 PM

  22. Love love love!! Very cool!

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 21, 2011 4:45:03 PM

  23. Don't even bother reading Jason's comments, it's all basically "I CAN'T GET EVERYTHING I WANT SO I'LL JUST KILL MYSELF WAAAAAA!" Cutting off your nose to spite your face is just childish. I don't get why some people over the age of 5 still think it's a viable approach to problems?

    Posted by: Dev | Dec 21, 2011 4:45:30 PM

  24. There are far more men in the military than there are women. Therefore, it should have been two men kissing.

    Women want to be first on everything because of their supremacist notions. Well, we gay men are sick of them. Go away, girls. We're also sick of the pro-female political correctness that exists in the mainstream. We're not going to let you get away with it anymore.

    Keep in mind that all the laws against homosexuality were directed against men, not women. It's the male side of homosexuality that had to fight for its rights historically. You girls just exploited what we fought for.

    Posted by: jason | Dec 21, 2011 4:46:26 PM

  25. well, Jason, you could very easily to post a video or a URL to your own page where you show yourself kissing your boyfriend/partner.

    how about you do that, eh? rather than complain that these women got to kiss, why not instead show everyone YOU kissing YOUR boyfriend?

    just post the URL.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 21, 2011 4:57:18 PM

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