Yesterday, we received a video of a gay couple who shared a smooch on Dodger Stadium’s ‘Kiss Cam’ which had the entire stadium roaring with applause. The video quickly went viral after we shared the story.
Now that viral couple is breaking their silence.
Meet Simone-Friedland and his husband, Rick, who have been together for nearly 20 years.
They say went to watch their hometown Los Angeles Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday when a cameraman approached the couple during the third inning to ask them to be on the Kiss Cam, which they immediately said yes.
“I turned to my husband, I turned to Rick, and I said ‘you know, this could go badly. This could not go well,'” Simone-Friedland told the Advoacte. “But then we did it, because we thought it would be just so fun to do, and then we heard the crowd — and that was really unexpected, and beautiful, and affirming.”
“All we did was kiss,” says Simone-Friedland. “What made everyone’s day was the crowd reaction. … I don’t think anybody was expecting that reaction. … I kiss my husband every single day. That’s not the big deal. The big deal is what happened immediately after. That’s just the most amazing thing.”
The couple says a man and his son approached them after their kiss so that the dad could congratulate them on the fact that their kiss garnered the most enthusiastic applause.
“I said, ‘Yeah, well, I’d like to think it’s because we’re the best-looking couple!'” responded Simone-Friedland.
The couple told the Advocate they first had a commitment ceremony in 1999, then legally wed at the courthouse in Van Nuys, Calif., on September 27, 2013.
Watch their kiss below: