Facebook launches gay marriage icon

Gay and lesbian users on social networking site can now choose a same-sex marriage option when they wed

Facebook launches gay marriage icon
02 July 2012

Facebook has launched a new icon to recognize gay marriage, continuing the social networking site’s efforts to be more LGBT friendly.

The picture of a gay and lesbian couple will appear on the timeline of Facebook users who have indicated that they have wed a person of the same-sex and will be used instead of the one for straight partners.

In 2011, Facebook gave users the option to update their relationship status with ‘In a Civil Union’ and ‘In a Domestic Partnership’.

The website, which also set up an anti-gay bullying initiative with LGBT organizations around the world, became the first social media company to be given an award at the GLAAD Media Awards last month (June 2012).

In June, Facebook became the first social media company to be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for its work in helping come up with a solution to homophobic comments and violent images which were posted on the Spirit Day event page in 2010.

Apple announced the introduction of a similar icon last month, launching gay and lesbian ’emojis’ for iPhones and iPads.

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