First same-sex naval kiss - level 2

First same-sex naval kiss - level 2

08-03-2016 15:00

Whenever a naval ship returns to port, people select one crewmember to go first. He disembarks first and kisses his partner. This is the traditional naval first kiss.

The partner waiting for the crewmember is usually a girlfriend or wife, but the Royal Canadian Navy wanted to show people that it supports same-sex relationships.

As a Canadian ship returned to port after 255 days, people selected a gay crewmember. His partner, who is also a marine, welcomed him and they kissed. All of this happened in front of a cheering crowd in Victoria, British Colombia.

Difficult words: naval (relating to the navy – part of the army which is at sea), crew (the people who operate a ship), disembark (to leave), marine (a member of the navy).

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