Facebook Designs Same-Sex Marriage Icons
On Sunday, Facebook added its newest feature supporting the LGBT community: same-sex marriage icons. Gay newlyweds, and all their Facebook friends, will now see either two grooms or two brides on their timelines if they change their relationship status to “Married.”
The change came just in time for Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who got married on Saturday to his new husband Sean Eldridge.
In February 2011, Facebook added “civil unions” and “domestic partnerships” to its relationship status options. In 2010, Facebook worked with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and other LGBT organizations to create a “Network of Support” — an initiative designed to combat cyberbullying and support LGBT teens.
GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro told MSNBC:
Facebook offers another platform where people can see same-sex couples are just as committed and loving as any couple. People can see photos of families and come to realize we deserve the same opportunities to love and take care of each other.
He added that although the new features "are just a small icon, young adults can see that they too can hopefully have that opportunity to love and be happy in their future."