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US Navy women have first gay kiss

Two female US sailors have become the first same-sex couple to share the traditional dockside "first kiss" since the US ended a ban on gays in the army.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, who had been at sea for 80 days, won the right to be the first person to kiss her partner on shore in a raffle.

The couple said the moment had been "a long time coming". The US military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy was lifted in September, after years of debate.