US Navy women share the first gay kiss

December 22nd, 2011 - 10:22 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Dec 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Following the lifting of the ban on same sex relationship in the US Army, two female Navy officers became the first gay couple to share a kiss on the traditional dockside “first kiss.” Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell won the right to kiss after a raffle by the Navy.

Marissa believes the opportunity has been long overdue. The kiss of the gay couple became possible after lawmakers voted to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell last September. The police barred serving gay officers from going public with their sexual preference.

Marissa said she bought about 50 raffle tickets in a bid to have the first kiss. She has been on the sea for 80 days and the Navy gives the privilege to officers to enter into a raffle to determine who would have the first kiss and the first hug when they dock. The winner of the raffle is often not revealed until the last moment. Marissa said she was not the one who bought the most tickets during the contest.

Marissa and Snell met when they went in for the training.

The raffle tickets are sold for $1 each.

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