Petty Officer 2nd Class
Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer
3rd Class Citlalic Snell, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in
Virginia Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011. It’s a tradition at Navy
homecomings that one sailor is chosen by raffle to be first off the ship
to kiss a loved one. Wednesday, for the first time, the reunited couple
was same-sex. (Brian Clark | The Virginian-Pilot)

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.