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Fri Dec 28, 2018, 07:59 PM

Same-sex Navy couple faces backlash for re-creating iconic WWII kiss: 'We're just showing our love f

A military couple reenacted the classic WW II kiss between a sailor and a nurse after a seven-month deployment.

On Dec. 21, sailor Bryan Woodington, 33, stepped off the USS The Sullivans at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., eager to greet Kenneth, his husband of one year. According to News 4 Jax, Bryan was one of 300 sailors returning to their families after seven months in the Persian Gulf and Europe.

“When I saw Bryan, I lost all control and ran over to him,” Kenneth, 30, a special education teacher, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The couple won a lottery to perform the ceremonial first kiss, a naval tradition that allows one lucky sailor to disembark first and greet his or her loved one (in 2011, two female sailors were reportedly the first same-sex couple to win).



“Bryan suggested that I wear all-white because he wanted to redo that famous photo, but he didn’t know we won the lottery until the day he came home,” Kenneth tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I had never seen the photo myself.”

The dip was impressive, but Kenneth says it’s Bryan’s favorite pose especially when the two dance at home to Lana Del Rey. “I do yoga so it doesn’t hurt my back,” jokes Kenneth.

After local television channel News 4 Jax interviewed the couple, the station reported it was “bombarded” by enraged viewers who wrote, “How sad that your station has dropped to such a low as to show a gay couple kissing on your newscast,” “I’ll never watch your news again!!!! So long, News4Jax” and, “I thought this was a ‘family friendly’ news channel.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/same-sex-navy-couple-faces-backlash-for-re-creating-iconic-wwii-kiss-were-just-showing-our-love-for-each-other/ar-BBRxOaY?li=BBnb7Kz

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Reply Same-sex Navy couple faces backlash for re-creating iconic WWII kiss: 'We're just showing our love f (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 28 OP
Gothmog Dec 28 #1
bitterross Dec 28 #18
targetpractice Dec 28 #2
AwakeAtLast Dec 29 #19
JI7 Dec 28 #3
WhiskeyGrinder Dec 28 #14
Pacifist Patriot Dec 28 #16
targetpractice Dec 28 #4
Cha Dec 28 #13
Pacifist Patriot Dec 28 #17
johnp3907 Dec 28 #5
GulfCoast66 Dec 28 #6
targetpractice Dec 28 #7
GulfCoast66 Dec 28 #9
targetpractice Dec 28 #10
Flaleftist Dec 28 #8
UpInArms Dec 28 #11
dsc Dec 28 #12
GulfCoast66 Dec 28 #15
Behind the Aegis Dec 29 #22
Solly Mack Dec 29 #20
Aristus Dec 29 #21

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:02 PM

1. Why is this even an issue?

Do the people complaining know that it is 2018?

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:15 PM

18. Because we live in Trump's 'Mericua

This sort of thing was well on its way to being "ho-hum, isn't that cute" until Trump decided to dance on every racist, bigoted, LGBTQ-phobic, xenophobic nerve of people to get elected.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:03 PM

2. Screw everybody... That's hot...

Two people in love, captured in a photo... Beautiful.

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Response to targetpractice (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 29, 2018, 01:03 AM

19. My reaction, too!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:06 PM

3. are people upset this one was consensual ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 09:49 PM

14. Ha! My first thought too!

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Response to JI7 (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 09:57 PM

16. My very first thought!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:07 PM

4. "This makes me sick to my stomach. White shoes after Labor Day?"

This is my favorite comment in the article.

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Response to targetpractice (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 09:44 PM

13. lol!

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Response to targetpractice (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:00 PM

17. Worst thing about the kiss. Hands down!

And I don't give a shit what color people wear on their feet anywhere any time. 😂

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:08 PM

5. The new photo is nice.

The old one is gross. The woman didn’t know the guy, he just grabbed her and forced that kiss on her. And what the hell is he doing with his left arm???

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:09 PM

6. I'm as straight as they come...

But the man in white is buff!

I hope it does not harm their career. But these days I would not bet on it. Good to see the spokesperson made it no big deal

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:13 PM

7. The guy in white is not a sailor... Just wearing white...

He's a special ed teacher.

Thanks for being an ally and appreciating a beautiful moment for what it is, GulfCoast66!

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Response to targetpractice (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:19 PM

9. Yeah, I read the article and edited my post.

I work for the most gay friendly company in Florida and until working here had had little exposure to gay folks, what coming from the rural south and all. But we were the first company to recognize same sex civil unions way back in the 90s.

Did not take long for me to realize love is love and make me change my attitude. And this was over 25 years ago.

I love that photo and the verbal support the navy gave them.

Have a nice evening. Rare now to see such uplifting stories.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:21 PM

10. Nice to have folks like you supporting us!! n/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:18 PM

8. Oh my, did that photo trigger a bunch of bigots?

😂

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:47 PM

11. What a lovely couple

Am so glad they are together again

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 08:50 PM

12. and depending upon the school district

the teacher could be fired for participating in that kiss.

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Response to dsc (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 28, 2018, 09:54 PM

15. Jeez. Hadn't thought of that.

I assume he teaches in Duval County which is pretty red. He might be OK if a little south in St Johns county. Red, but with money red.

Frightening.

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Response to dsc (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 29, 2018, 04:31 AM

22. Yup.

Too many don't realize there are states where it is perfectly legal to fire someone because of his/her sexual orientation. So, a picture like that one, getting married, getting photographed at a GLBT pride event are all legal grounds for dismissal in at least 13 states.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2018, 01:31 AM

20. Screw the haters. That's a great shot.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2018, 01:49 AM

21. Fuck the haters. They can go to Hell.

They're okay with a man sexually assaulting a woman, but not with a loving couple showing their affection?

Shows how screwed up they are...

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