It’s a time-honored Navy homecoming tradition – the kiss. You’ve seen the iconic photos. Add the one above to the books.
Virginia Pilot photographer Brian Clark caught Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kissing her girlfriend, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell Wednesday morning. Gaeta had just arrived back from Central America.
The two had been selected to carry on the tradition at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek through a raffle.
Until September, when the military’s ban on openly gay service was lifted, they worked hard to keep their relationship secret. When Snell came home from her last deployment in August, kissing on the pier wasn’t an option.
“This is the first time we can actually show who we are,” she says.
Earlier this month, the Secretary of the Navy’s office announced that the Navy would name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk, after the late San Francisco politician and gay rights activist, according to USNI News. Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served on a submarine rescue ship as a diving officer [...]