Posted by: Catherine Lugg | December 21, 2011

Not your father’s Navy

As MSNBC reports:

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 dock after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.

Frankly, I’ve been shocked by how quickly the military has dispensed with its official homophobia. It’s one thing to be “not hostile,” quite another to be queer affirming. To this aging queer, I was expecting a lot more foot dragging, hostility, etc. So, so far, so good.

Clearly, the military was and is way ahead of some parts of the country on this (*COUGH* SOUTH CAROLINA! *COUGH!*).

So, welcome home Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta. I’m sure your partner Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell is glad you’re home. And I’m delighted that neither of you have to live in the evil closet.


Here’s the TV story on the couple.



  1. That is going to be one of the iconic pictures in military history. It’ll probably get mislabeled at least 25% of the time as a “welcome home from Iraq” event, but what the hey…

  2. Sherman, I concur about the iconography. When I first saw this picture, all of the WWII welcome home pics flashed through my head. It’s why I’m kinda shocked, but happily so. The world *HAS* changed rather quickly since “Don’t ask, don’t tell” went down the public policy toilet.

  3. Based on my anecdotal evidence, yes and no over the past 25 years. I’ve known folks since their first year at Annapolis or in ROTC who found DADT appalling when it came in ’93, and others whom showed as much homophobia as typical conservatives. Some of the change is generational, and some of it is just the fact that DADT had proven to be a failed policy by the early ’00s. Hope you and yours are have a wonderful time in the land of pine forests!

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