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Facebook introduces same-sex icons for married, gay couples’ timelines

Monday, July 2, 2012

Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, has taken another step toward LGBT-inclusiveness, introducing same-sex icons for users to select from when adding marriage events to their profile’s timeline.

Previously, the marriages between gay couples were marked by the default “bride and groom” icon.

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This image of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (left) and his husband Sean Eldridge, from Eldridge’s Facebook timeline, sports the new groom-and-groom icon. The couple was married Friday in New York.

A spokesperson for Facebook said the company had been working on rolling out the new same-sex icons for a few weeks now, but the same-sex grooms made a significant debut over the weekend, appearing above the wedding announcement of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to his longtime partner Sean Eldridge. The couple married Saturday in New York.

Last year, Facebook added two new options to its list of relationship statuses: “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership.”

Facebook, which has long permitted members to indicate on their profiles whether they’re single, married, or “it’s complicated,” was applauded by LGBT advocacy groups for the new statuses, which largely affected gay and lesbian couples.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. i new it wanst long before you came out

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:10pm
  2. wasnt

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:10pm
  3. It’s about time! =)

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:12pm
  4. oh.my.GOD….:DDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:14pm
  5. Oh Angry how I totally agree!!

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:22pm
  6. Good for you Facebook ^^

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:23pm
  7. STILL only 2 genders

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 5:24pm
  8. A choice of only two sexes also, What about Intersex people’s rights?

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 6:41pm
  9. @ rogi put the icon up that you identify with as your gender! duh!

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 6:49pm
  10. “Good for you facebook! Your constant harassment for me to change to Timeline, you’re terrible and bothersome apps, your frequent questioning as to whether or not my comments are spam, all forgiven now… for today. Thanks for finally recognizing that while some people can’t marry who they love, they can still be committed. And for those that are lucky enough to have same-sex marriage recognized by their state, thanks for realizing that not everyone desires a boy-girl relationship and setting up icons that define that preference. Hooray for you Facebook. Today is a good day. In fact, I shall have a drink to Facebook, and another drink to celebrate the gorgeous couple up there in the article. Congrats Newlyweds!”
    ~ repost

    Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 7:11pm
  11. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for facebook! LOVE you!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 3:03am
  12. Have a fun filled 4th of July and a safe one.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 9:47am
  13. Awesome!!!! Thank you facebook for your support!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:02am
  14. Thanks Facebook!ü

    Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:09am