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Facebook Adds New Icon to Represent Gay Married Couples

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  • 2012 Jul 06
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Facebook has added a new icon to accommodate gay married couples, which will appear in the "marriage" timeline event pop-up and can be changed between an image of two male or two female partners, the Christian Post reports. According to the Christian Post, "Users still cannot choose a non-standard icon without linking their spouse's Facebook account, which means that if one person in a couple does not have an account, the other user will be stuck with the old design." The new icon comes just a year after the social media network began allowing gay and lesbian couples to list themselves as being in a "civil union" or "domestic partnership," and the timing was not surprising since one of Facebook's co-founders, Chris Hughes, married his longtime partner, Sean Eldridge, this past weekend, making him one of the first people able to take advantage of it. Facebook recently became the first social media company to be given a media award by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for its longtime support of the LGBT community.