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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, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011  after Gaeta’s ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored  tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first  off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday,  for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

Brian J. Clark/AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot

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, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta’s ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

Brian J. Clark/AP Photo/The  Virginian-Pilot
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, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011  after Gaeta’s ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored  tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first  off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday,  for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

Brian J. Clark/AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot

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, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011 after Gaeta’s ship returned from 80 days at sea. It ís a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings - one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. On Wednesday, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

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