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Two Women Share First Kiss Upon Navy Ship's Homecoming

A Navy tradition has caught up with the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" rule on gays serving openly in the U.S. military.

The Navy said two women shared the coveted "first kiss" Wednesday when the USS Oak Hill returned home to its Virginia base.

Marissa Gaeta of Pacerville, Calif., descended from the ship and shared a quick kiss with her partner, Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. The crowd screamed and waved Navy flags around them.

Both women are fire controlmen in the Navy. They met at training school and have been dating for two years.

Naval officials said it was the first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen to kiss first upon a ship's return.


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