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Gay male couple make history with first ever Navy homecoming kiss

Joseph McCormick February 11, 2015

A gay couple has made history after being chosen as the ceremonial kiss as shipmates disembarked from a Navy submarine.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sawicki was greeted by his boyfriend Shawn Brier at the Naval Base Point Loma.

It was the first time a male same-sex couple was chosen for the ceremonial honour, which is decided by a lottery. A female couple became the first same-sex couple to perform the homecoming kiss in 2011.

Sawicki had been at sea on the USS San Francisco submarine for seven months before returning home and disembarking with shipmates.

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Despite being the first of its kind, the kiss was like any other for the couple, despite Brier saying he was “very nervous”.

“It was a long seven months so it was tough,’ Brier said. ‘But we were able to keep in touch so that helped.”

More: first kiss, Homecoming, kiss, Navy, US

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