In a week that's full of news about teen group-sex parties and human-centipede menorahs and the amateur porn star who donated fourteen babies' worth of spunk on the Internet, sometimes it's nice to hear a story about a couple sharing a nice, wholesome kiss in the rain. This Wednesday at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, that's exactly what Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell did, when the two became the first same-sex couple to share the "first kiss" on the pier after Gaeta returned from eighty days at sea.
Although sailors bought dozens of $1 raffle tickets for the honor of being selected as the first couple to share a kiss after deployment, Gaeta, who was stationed on the USS Oak Hill, says she purchased $50 of tickets for the distinction, which is nothing compared to the number most servicemen buy. "It's something new, that's for sure," she told reporters after she disembarked. "It's nice to be able to be myself. It's been a long time coming."
Gaeta and Snell, who have been dating for two years, first met at training school, where they couldn't reveal their relationship due to the military's infamous "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Their groundbreaking kiss came only a few months after the repeal of DADT took effect in September, and Snell says she believes many other same-sex military couples will follow in their footsteps. "I think that it's something that's going to open a lot of doors, not just for our relationship, but all the other gay and lesbian relationships that are in the military now," she said. Here's hoping, ladies!