Petty officer Marissa Gaeta was chosen to share a first kiss with her girlfriend,also a petty officer inthe Navy, on the docks after returning home. The Navy is publicly recognizing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
The crowd screamed and waved flags around them.
Both women, ages 22 and 23 respectively, are fire controlmenin the Navy. They met at training school and have been dating for two years.
Navy officials said it was the first timeon record that a same-sex couple was chosento kiss first upon aship’s return. Sailors and their loved ones bought $1 raffletickets for the opportunity. Gaetasaid shebought $50 of tickets.