Happy almost New Year! If this doesn’t put you in good spirits, I don’t know what will…
Two lesbian Naval officers were the first same sex couple to share a “first kiss” on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea, according to the Associated Press.
The USS Oak Hill returned to the naval base at Virginia Beach, Va., after almost three months at sea training in Central America.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta was chosen from among the ship’s crew to deliver the homecoming kiss on the dock after entering a raffle for the opportunity. She descended and delivered a quick kiss in the style of the iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square to her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell.
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.
Both women are Navy fire controlmen. They met at training school where they were roommates and have been dating for two years, which Gaeta said was difficult under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
“We did have to hide it a lot in the beginning,” Petty Officer Snell said. “A lot of people were not always supportive of it in the beginning, but we can finally be honest about who we are in our relationship, so I’m happy.”