With the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell fully in effect, the doomsday predictions of right-wing naysayers failed to materialize as no incidents have been reported. But that hasn’t stopped supporters of the discriminatory policy from continuing to criticize the military and attack openly gay service members, and the two women sailors who won a raffle to share the traditional ‘first kiss’ are now in the Religious Right’s crosshairs. Randy Thomasson of Save California railed against the kiss between Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and her girlfriend Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, and told the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow that the Navy is now engaging in “perverse social engineering” on behalf of “an aggressive homosexual activist community”:
Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com is familiar with the tactics of homosexual activists in California, home to both Gaeta and Snell.
“San Diego, being the top Navy port on the West Coast, has an aggressive homosexual activist community which is just applauding this big time, saying ‘it’s delightful,’ saying, ‘it’s fantastic,'” he laments.
Sailors purchased $1 tickets at a raffle to raise money for a Christmas party for children whose parents are in the military. Gaeta purchased $50 worth of tickets, and the lesbian couple was chosen to have the first kiss.
Thomasson argues that is not what the military is for. “It’s about a fighting force to defend our shores, to defend our interests, and to advance the cause of the United States’ security in the world,” he tells OneNewsNow. “I would not make it social engineering that the Navy has done it, and now perverse social engineering.”