Milestone: 2 Women Share 'First Kiss' in Navy Tradition

Same-sex partners smooch after ship's return from sea
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 4:47 PM CST
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell in Virginia Beach Wednesday. Gaeta's ship returned from 80 days at sea.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Brian J. Clark)
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(Newser) – Those who still pine for don't ask, don't tell better not look, either: Two female sailors shared a traditional "first kiss" today after a Navy ship returned from sea, reports AP. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta kissed her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, after Gaeta's ship docked in Virginia Beach after 80 days at sea. By tradition, one sailor aboard a returning ship wins the honor of giving the first kiss to his or her sweetie at port, and Gaeta got picked this time.

"It's something new, that's for sure," says Gaeta, who has been dating Snell for two years. "It's nice to be able to be myself. It's been a long time coming." (Read more Navy stories.)

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