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More monumental than making the news is that this lovely photo was also posted to the Navy’s own website.  I look forward to the day this is not news, but it is wonderful to see and such a lovely message to all LGBT troops right before the holidays.
Thank you for your service ladies!!

More monumental than making the news is that this lovely photo was also posted to the Navy’s own website.  I look forward to the day this is not news, but it is wonderful to see and such a lovely message to all LGBT troops right before the holidays.

Thank you for your service ladies!!

In first, lesbian couple get first kiss at Navy homecoming

By Corinne Reilly  The Virginian-Pilot  © December 21, 2011
VIRGINIA BEACH
It’s a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings – one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one.
Today, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.
The dock landing ship Oak Hill has been gone for nearly three months, training with military allies in Central America.
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, 23, 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, 22, 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.
"It’s something new, that’s for sure," Gaeta told reporters after the kiss. "It’s nice to be able to be myself. It’s been a long time coming."
For the historical significance of the kiss, there was little to differentiate it from countless others when a Navy ship pulls into its home port following a deployment. Many onlookers waiting for their loved ones to come off the ship were busy talking among themselves.
The money raised by the first-kiss raffle was used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors. David Bauer, commanding officer of the Oak Hill, said the crew’s reaction upon learning who was selected was positive.
"It’s going to happen and the crew’s going to enjoy it. We’re going to move on and it won’t overshadow the great things that this crew has accomplished over the past three months," Bauer said. The crew of more than 300 participated in exercises involving the militaries of Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama as part of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station 2012.
Both women are Navy fire controlmen, who maintain and operate weapons systems on ships; Snell is based on the guided missile destroyer Bainbridge. They met at training school where they were roommates and have been dating for two years, which they said was difficult under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
"We did have to hide it a lot in the beginning," 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."
Snell said she believes their experience won’t be the last one for gays and lesbians in the military.
"I think that it’s something that is going to open a lot of doors, for not just our relationship, but all the other gay and lesbian relationships that are in the military now," she said.

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In first, lesbian couple get first kiss at Navy homecoming

VIRGINIA BEACH

It’s a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings – one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one.

Today, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

The dock landing ship Oak Hill has been gone for nearly three months, training with military allies in Central America.

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, 23, 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, 22, 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.

"It’s something new, that’s for sure," Gaeta told reporters after the kiss. "It’s nice to be able to be myself. It’s been a long time coming."

For the historical significance of the kiss, there was little to differentiate it from countless others when a Navy ship pulls into its home port following a deployment. Many onlookers waiting for their loved ones to come off the ship were busy talking among themselves.

The money raised by the first-kiss raffle was used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors. David Bauer, commanding officer of the Oak Hill, said the crew’s reaction upon learning who was selected was positive.

"It’s going to happen and the crew’s going to enjoy it. We’re going to move on and it won’t overshadow the great things that this crew has accomplished over the past three months," Bauer said. The crew of more than 300 participated in exercises involving the militaries of Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama as part of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station 2012.

Both women are Navy fire controlmen, who maintain and operate weapons systems on ships; Snell is based on the guided missile destroyer Bainbridge. They met at training school where they were roommates and have been dating for two years, which they said was difficult under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

"We did have to hide it a lot in the beginning," 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."

Snell said she believes their experience won’t be the last one for gays and lesbians in the military.

"I think that it’s something that is going to open a lot of doors, for not just our relationship, but all the other gay and lesbian relationships that are in the military now," she said.

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