Facebook adds icons for same-sex marriage to Timeline

Facebook makes another bold move in support of same-sex marriages by letting same-sex couples illustrate their Timeline with a marriage status icon that better depicts their partners.

Same-sex couples can now choose between a groom-groom and bride-bride icon, much like wedding cake toppers, to display their marriage status.

The feature rolled out over the weekend when Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes married his partner Sean Eldridge.

The world's largest social network of nearly 1 billion users has been at the forefront of allowing its users to accurately identify their sexual orientation and relationships status. 

Facebook added the status labels "In a civil union" and "In a domestic partnership" in February 2011.

The social networking site in June won the Special Recognition Award at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 23rd annual Media Awards for its fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and the issues that affect their lives in the media.

Apple in June announced that its update to the iPhone's operating system will include new "emojis" that represent gay and lesbian couples.

Emojis are popular pictograms, or emoticons, often used in email, text, and social media messages. The new "emojis" will show two same-sex couples holding hands.

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