The times they are a-changing


2 women share 1st kiss at US Navy ship’s return

A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted “first kiss” on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, California, descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a quick kiss in the rain with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles.

Gaeta, 23, wore her Navy dress uniform while Snell, 22, wore a black leather jacket, scarf and blue jeans. The crowd screamed and waved flags around them.

“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.”


I’ve seen a lot of these kinds of “firsts” in my life. I hope to live long enough where this kind of thing isn’t even noteworthy anymore.


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5 Responses to The times they are a-changing

  1. glennmcgahee says:

    I’d love to see 2 guys kissing on the dock. I’ve got a movie very similar to that scenario but its hidden ini a drawer.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Guys have been sharing their first kiss since the repeal of DADT at our Norfolk/VB ports, for some reason the girls got the publicity. We locals don’t get it either. Wait, why is this even news? We hug and kiss everybody coming home from wars in our area !

  2. SophieCT says:

    Thank you for posting this. I saw it today while at work and couldn’t access any blog sites. It really was heartwarming. I wish it had been like this 30 years ago when I was in the Navy.

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