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Apple also gives gay couples a "shout out" in iOS 6 "emojis"

Remember those little marriage icons on Facebook.com, Inc. (FB)?  Well the site, which at times has been accused of being intolerant to homosexuality, has stirred up a pot of worms by adding special icons to celebrate the marriage of gay couples.

When one of the network's 900 million users posts that they got hitched, traditionally they were treated with a standard heterosexual male and female cake-topper style icon.  Homosexual couples received the same icon, much to their chagrin.

But in the U.S. over the weekend, users began to notice new icons -- two males or two females -- were introduced.   

Facebook gay marriage
Facebook has added gay marriage icons. [Image Source: Facebook via CNN]

James Lazar, a 38-year-old Chicago man was married (to a man), but had refused to change his status for some time due to the male-female icon.  He commented, "I don't like being forced into typical gender roles -- because we aren't.  I think it's offensive."

But he eventually bit the bullet and updated his profile to reflect his marriage.  And to his surprise and delight shortly thereafter his icon changed to two men.  He recalls in a CNN interview, "I honestly didn't realize it was going to show up in my feed.  I have 80,000 people 'liking' it and congratulating me and I'm like, 'Well, it was seven years ago!'"

Apple emojis
Apple includes gay "emojis" in iOS6. [Image Source: Gizmodo]

The Facebook change comes shortly after Apple, Inc. (AAPL) opted to update iOS 6 to include gay couples expressing various affectionate gestures in its canned text message image responses ("emojis").

Source: CNN



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RE: What's next?!!...
By lagomorpha on 7/5/2012 10:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
It's a slippery slope. If you can have an icon of two men married someone can have one where they marry a turtle.


RE: What's next?!!...
By Belard on 7/5/2012 11:38:19 PM , Rating: 2
You two guys...please, stop that. A turtle cannot give consent to having sex with you.

What makes you guys think the turtle is enjoying it?


RE: What's next?!!...
By Adonlude on 7/6/2012 11:16:36 AM , Rating: 2
I like to drive on the wrong side of the road. I was born that way. I believe we should inact legislation so that oncoming traffic must move out of my way on the freeway. Additionally, I am not an ambiturner.


RE: What's next?!!...
By MrBlastman on 7/6/2012 11:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno. Sometimes a turtle head pokes out, other times it pokes in. Some of them have large shells and other times they have small ones.

Perhaps we should just circumshell all of them so all turtleheads are equal. A turtle head is a turtle head, right?

It's all fun and games until you try and have sex with a snapping turtle.


RE: What's next?!!...
By The Raven on 7/6/2012 5:44:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad some people enjoyed the joke. I likewise enjoyed yours lol.


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