Angry Calls Over Naval First Kiss

News coverage of a ceremonial first kiss for a U.S. sailor and his husband recently received criticism by its conservative viewers. New4Jax reported the story of U.S. sailor Bryan Woodington after he returned from his overseas deployment and was able to kiss his husband, Kenneth Woodington, for the first time in over 7 months. The ceremonial first kiss after every naval deployment is decided by a lottery on the ship. All of the sailors spouses make charitable donations to enter, and it was Bryan Woodington that won the lottery drawing for his homecoming kiss on the USS The Sullivan in Jacksonville last week. Although their kiss received cheers at the Naval Station Mayport, News4Jax reported they received angry phone calls and emails from viewers saying things like, “I thought this was a ‘family friendly’ news channel.” Bill Austin, the spokesman for Naval Station Mayport, told News4Jax that a same-sex ceremonial first kiss has happened before and that the Navy “has always been gender-neutral and on the forefront of progress.”