This week, a Canadian sailor and his boyfriend made history by sharing a kiss just after the Master Seaman’s long deployment at sea.
It’s always been decided by a raffle — a ceremonial first kiss shared between a sailor and their significant other after returning from active duty.
The CBC notes that this is the first time in the history of the Canadian Navy that the kiss was shared between two men.
Master Seaman Francis Legare greeted his lover Corey Vautour after spending 255 days aboard HMCS Winnipeg.
“I just bought a [raffle] ticket because all the money goes to charity,” he says. “I wasn’t thinking I was going to win.”
“I am speechless.”
In 2015, the American Navy celebrated its own historic gay kiss with Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sawicki and his boyfriend, Shawn Brier.
Two women, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and her girlfriend, became the first lesbian couple to share a traditional kiss in 2011.
Watch the kiss below:
h/t: Huffington Post