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Same-Sex Kisses Heard 'Round the World

by Brooke Sopelsa /
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011.Brian J. Clark / The Virginian-Pilot / AP

Pucker up! July 6 is International Kissing Day, and NBC OUT is celebrating same-sex smooches heard ‘round the world. Here are a few same-sex kisses that made news - and waves.

1) Soccer star Abby Wambach shares a kiss with her wife, Sarah Huffman, after the United States beat Japan in the 2015 Women's World Cup final.

 Abby Wambach, right, gets a kiss from her wife, Sarah Huffman, after the U.S. beat Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, Canada, on July 5, 2015. Elaine Thompson / AP

2) After becoming the first openly gay player tapped by the NFL in the 2014 draft, Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, to celebrate.

3) In 2011, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell shared the first same-sex kiss upon a U.S. Navy ship's return.

 Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2011. Brian J. Clark / The Virginian-Pilot / AP

4) In 2015, Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sawicki and his boyfriend Shawn Brier became the first male couple to share a ceremonial first kiss after a U.S. Navy ship's return.

 Thomas Sawicki and his boyfriend Shawn Briero were chosen for the ceremonial first kiss during the homecoming of submarine warship USS San Francisco. NBC San Diego

5) Gay couples kiss in China during a ceremonial "wedding" in 2011 to raise awareness about same-sex marriage.

 Gay couples kiss during their ceremonial 'wedding' as they try to raise awareness of the issue of same-sex marriage, in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on March 8, 2011. STR / AFP/Getty Images

6) Adam Lambert shares a kiss with bandmate Tommy Ratliff at the 2009 American Music Awards.

 Singer Adam Lambert (L) and a musician kiss onstage at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

7) Madonna and Britney Spears lock lips during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

 Britney Spears and Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards FilmMagic

8) NBC's hit series LA Law made history in 1991 when it aired network television's first same-sex kiss. The kiss - shared between two women - was part of an episode titled "He's a Crowd."

9) In 2000, Dawson's Creek gave television viewers the first "passionate" gay kiss during primetime.

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