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

Remember those little marriage icons on, 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: Better Strategy
By robinthakur on 7/6/2012 6:55:03 AM , Rating: 0
Kudos to you for correcting yourself.You can tell if what you're saying might be perceived as being bigoted if you swap 'homosexual' with 'heterosexual' or 'Chinese People' could also observe that if the situation were to be reversed, you would think it inappropriate to have your heterosexual relationship status reflected by a picture of two guys. It's not a big deal but it's a gesture which is welcome. More to the point there are religious groups already setting up boycotts like the Oreo example recently.

You also have to bear in mind that without a few militant people nothing would ever change, because nobody ever listens to apathetic people. What's more surprising is that Apple took so long to update the status quo,or do they really think that couples with kids are the ones upgrading their iPhones and iPads every year? Lol

RE: Better Strategy
By superstition on 7/6/12, Rating: 0
RE: Better Strategy
By Reclaimer77 on 7/6/2012 10:19:07 AM , Rating: 4
Well thank you for proving my point there super. Heaven forbid we discuss this without someone throwing the "bigot" and "homophobia" card around at anyone who tries to talk about this rationally.

When the icon to represent you doesn't exist it sends the message to society that you don't exist

wow...WOW!! /facepalm

RE: Better Strategy
By superstition on 7/6/2012 2:15:40 PM , Rating: 1
It's not a "card" it's a fact that's inextricably relevant.

RE: Better Strategy
By 91TTZ on 7/6/2012 1:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
When the icon to represent you doesn't exist it sends the message to society that you don't exist, or that your existence is unworthy of recognition.

That statement is utterly ridiculous. It just means that there's no icon to represent you. It has nothing at all to do with your existence.

Seriously, stop crying.

RE: Better Strategy
By superstition on 7/6/12, Rating: -1
RE: Better Strategy
By superstition on 7/30/2012 9:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
That is not a rebuttal.

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