As part of a longstanding tradition, U.S. Navy ships will – upon returning home – select a sailor to descend to the dock ahead of the others and share the first “homecoming” kiss with their significant other (and, one presumes, with new photographers looking to take “their version” of the famous V-Day photo.)
On December 21st of this year, said tradition once again became part of history as – for the first time ever – an “official” first-kiss was shared by a same-sex couple:
PHOTO: Brian Clark, The Virginian-Pilot
The lucky couple in question are Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell. Gaeta (in the hat) was the returnee, having purchased $50 worth of tickets in her ship’s (The USS Oak Hill) charity raffle where the honor was the prize.
Photo is credited to one Brian Clark of The Virginian-Pilot. I hope his contract let’s him retain some rights to it so he can get a cut of the royalties as this almost-certainly winds up in history books, newsreels and museum displays from now until the forseeable future.