Abby Wambach wife kiss: Abby Wambach Kiss
Published: July 6, 2015
Abby Wambach wife kiss: Abby Wambach Kiss, After the U.S. team won the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, a joyous Abby Wambach—who has scored more goals than any other soccer player, male or female, in U.S. history—spotted a friendly face in the crowd. It was her wife, Sarah Huffman! Wambach ran toward Huffman and the jubilant couple kissed—all on national TV.
This moment marks the first time an openly gay U.S. world champion in a major sport has celebrated with her spouse since the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land in June. It’s also a really cool reminder of how far gay acceptance has come in the United States.
Not so long ago, gay kisses on television were strictly verboten. The first kiss between a TV gay couple on didn’t air until 1991—and it was just a brief peck. The first mildly passionate kiss between lesbians didn’t air until 1997. And the first passionate kiss between gay men didn’t air until 2000.
Among the many happy images to come out of the July 5 USA win over Japan in the women’s soccer World Cup final is that of Abby Wambach running to the sidelines to kiss her wife Sarah Huffman in celebration.
Wambach was playing in her fourth (and probably last) World Cup.
The two have been married since 2013, but that bond was not legally recognized in all 50 states until the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage on June 26.
It was an especially powerful moment for Wambach, 35, who holds the record for international goals but who many speculate will retire after a long, successful career.
She has been open about how devastating it would be to have to retire without a World Cup win and took emotional and physical risks to make the championship a reality.
“It’s like love,” she told the New York Times on July 5.
Twitter, at least, saw the moment as a dual victory, and all the sweeter for it, with many fans expressing their approval and realization of the moment’s symbolic importance.
Abby Wambach celebrating with her wife is my real #RelationshipGoals pic.twitter.com/mRng5ojPoH
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) July 6, 2015
ABBY WAMBACH KISSING S-EX-R WIFE, A UNION NOW RECOGNIZED THROUGHOUT TS-EX- USA, IS A PRETTY NICE ENDING TO THIS WORLD CUP https://t.co/1nfhQxGY38
— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) July 6, 2015
Abby Wambach kissing her wife on national TV after winning the US’s third World Cup. I’m not crying, you’re crying!!!
— Johnna (@yanks02) July 6, 2015
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