This time of year, I love to see happy news stories. Here’s one from the Associated Press, via Huffington Post:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of
the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on Wednesday when two
women sailors became the first to share the coveted “first kiss” on the
pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif.,
descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a
quick kiss in the rain with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class
Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. Gaeta, 23, wore her Navy dress uniform
while Snell, 22, wore a black leather jacket, scarf and blue jeans. The
crowd screamed and waved flags around them.
“It’s something new, that’s for sure,” Gaeta told reporters after the kiss.
“It’s nice to be able to be myself. It’s been a long time coming.”