I saw that photo and instantly thought it was just a copy of that more famous kiss on V-J Day— Victory over Japan Day—when a Navy sailor grabbed and kissed a woman in Times Square.
But this was two men kissing and so I found it all the more fun and interesting and kinda kitschy.
On December 21st, after the USS The Sullivans pulled into port, Kenneth Woodington—the winner of the first kiss lottery—locked lips with his husband, sailor Bryan Woodington, just home from seven months in the Gulf.
As they kissed, many in the crowd applauded and cheered, most notably other service family members waiting for their loved ones, but not everyone was cheering.
WJXT, a Jacksonville, Florida television station, aired the kiss and suddenly all the haters came out …
“How sad your station has dropped to such a low as to show a gay couple kissing on your newscast.”
First off, gay or not, it was a couple kept apart for seven months, greeting one another, but, yeah, I guess because it was two men …
“I thought this was a “family-friendly” news channel.”
This one slayed me; just WTF is a ‘family-friendly news channel’? No stories about crime or murder or destruction? Just puppies and kittens and babies?
We are on the precipice of 2019 and people are still shocked, and disgusted, by the sight of gay couples acting like couples? We have been allowed the rights to marry for nearly four years now, so all of you who find the sight of two men, or two women, kissing, for any reason, need to turn off your TVs, discontinue the newspaper, unplug from the internet, and go live in a cave.
We’re here, we’re queer, and we kiss our spouses and partners whenever we f**king want to kiss them.