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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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What about Polygamy?
By bathotropic on 7/6/2012 12:12:26 AM , Rating: 2
I'm fine with gay marriage, but why is polygamy denied? Marriage between two consenting adult humans, regardless of sexual intent, sexual orientation or marital status must be allowed.




RE: What about Polygamy?
By StevoLincolnite on 7/6/2012 2:55:04 AM , Rating: 2
It used to be allowed and highly accepted.
That is until the Christian religion took hold in the Roman Era, then Homosexuality and other religions like Paganism was pretty much outlawed and could even get you killed, after thousands of years people viewed it as wrong and unnatural.

Unfortunately, such religions are still very much alive today which have been advocating heavily against same-sex unions across the planet.

Bah, we all bleed the same colour of blood anyway, same-sex couples just want to be treated the same.


RE: What about Polygamy?
By superstition on 7/6/2012 9:03:16 AM , Rating: 2
Polygamy is completely irrelevant to same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage, like opposite-sex marriage, is defined by the pair bond.

Sexual orientation doesn't have anything to do with having multiple spouses, unless your argument is that bisexuals should be able to marry one partner of each sex.


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