23 Dec '11, 1am

Female US sailors seal new era with a kiss on the pier

Female US sailors seal new era with a kiss on the pier

Two female sailors ushered in a new era for the United States Navy this week when they shared a traditional 'first kiss' on the pier at a homecoming ceremony for a naval ship just returned from a tour at sea. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two female sailors ushered in a new era for the United States Navy this week when they shared a traditional 'first kiss' on the pier at a homecoming ceremony for a naval ship just returned from a tour at sea. The same-sex kiss at the port in Virginia Beach, Virginia captured a symbolic moment after the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the American military officially ended in September. Just after the USS Oak Hill pulled in to port on Wednesday, Petty Officer Second Class Marissa Gaeta, stepped off the vessel and kissed her partner, Citlalic Snell, who is also a sailor, a petty officer third class, spokesman Lieutenant Commander Bil...

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