Thanks to the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — a policy that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military — a lesbian couple won the first kiss honor at a Navy homecoming. The couple won the first kiss honor, a Navy tradition, in a raffle.
“I think that it is significant because it is the first time where we can actually show who we are,” Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell told the Virginian Pilot. “Being in the military were it was not allowed — we can show it, we can be public about it, and we don’t have to hide our relationship. And I think it is something that is going to open a lot of doors not just for our relationship but all the other gay and lesbian relationships in the military now.”
“I feel good about it, it is nice to be able to be myself,” her partner, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, added. “It’s been a long time coming.”
The two met after boot camp and have been dating for a little over two years. They plan to get married.
Watch video, courtesy of the Virginian Pilot, below: